Lowestoft shop owner denies child sex offences

The owner of a Lowestoft motorcycle shop accused of child sex offences has told a court he was 'horrified' when police told him about the allegations.

Giving evidence at his trial at Ipswich Crown Court, Robin Womack said police came to his shop in Beaconsfield Road, Lowestoft, and arrested him.

Asked by his barrister Andrew Thompson if he had sexually touched the alleged victim, Womack replied 'never' and said he felt 'ripped apart' by the allegations.

Womack, 48, formerly of Pakefield but more recently living in Carlton Colville, has denied four offences of indecent assault and alternative offences of oral rape of a child under 13, assault by penetration and sexual assault.

He has also denied two offences of assault by penetration and two alternative charges of sexual activity with a child.

At the close of the prosecution case, Judge John Devaux told the jury he would be directing it to return not-guilty verdicts on the two offences of sexual activity with a child.

He said that the evidence on the three charges of assault by penetration had fallen short of penetration and these would be replaced today with two alternative offences.

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The trial continues today.

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