Pensioner denies historic rape of girls on farm in Sidmouth
A pensioner has told a jury that two sisters have colluded to invent false allegations that he raped them when he was a farm labourer 50 years ago.
Anthony Scott, aged 73, said the older sister had made it clear she wanted sex with him when she was 13 and on holiday at a farm near Sidmouth with her family in 1962.
He said the teenager was well developed for her age, had made suggestive jokes, and brushed up against him when they sat next to each other for meals at the farmhouse kitchen.
He said she had pulled him into bed with her after he was left as the only adult in the house and in charge of the girls who were then aged 13 and nine.
The two sisters have told Exeter Crown Court they have spent 50 years failing to come to terms with the torment of being abused by Scott as children.
The older woman was so traumatised by the memory that she tracked him down 50 years after the event and denounced him, first to his wife and then to the police.
Her younger sister had no idea of the allegations but made her own complaint to the police that Scott had raped her twice on the kitchen floor while left alone with her at the farm.
The prosecution say all the attacks happened in the space of a few months in 1962 and the earlier girl was raped in her bed when Scott went into her room, climbed in with her, and had sex without saying a word.
They say he then turned his attention to the younger sister and forced her to have sex after laying her down on the kitchen floor.
Scott, aged 73, of Manstone Avenue, Sidmouth, denies raping the older girl once and the younger sister twice.
He told the jury at the time he was sexually inexperienced and the first time he had sex was with the 13-year-old and at her instigation.
He denied any sexual contact with the younger sister and accused both of inventing or embellishing their stories.
He said he was aged about 22 at the time and in the early stages of a relationship with a woman named Josephine who he later married and is still married to.
He said the 13-year-old made suggestive jokes.
He said he had taken her for a ride in his car and held her hand at the Honiton Show when he pulled her out of the way of a passing vehicle, but denied taking her to the cinema.
He said he found it surprising the two girls were left alone at the farm with him, especially since a regular visitor was Robert Black, an artificial inseminator who was later discovered to be a serial killer of young girls and is now serving a life sentence.
Scott told the jury on the night of the first alleged rape he went to the girls’ bedroom to check on them because he was the only adult in the house because their parents and the owners of the farm had all gone out.
He said: ”The older girl had been behaving in a come-on manner to me earlier that day and made the joke about the bike. I thought she knew all about sex.
“I knew about it because I worked on a farm but I had not had sex before that night. I did not go up there for sex but when I went in there she said ‘I know what you want’ and pulled back the bedclothes.
“I just got in. It was a mutual thing. She made the first contact and grabbed hold of me and she did the rest. I knew she was about 13 although I did not know her exact age.
“The invitation was there. She was well matured and more like a woman than a child or a teenager.
“Nothing happened with me and the younger girl. I don’t know where she got that idea from. She was never alone with me. It is ridiculous.
“I think the two of them have planned this out between them. I want to know why they decided to come back after so long all at once and cause all these problems.”
The trial continues and it is uncertain whether the jury will go out today or tomorrow.