Prisoner denies raping boys at Weston-super-Mare house

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 December 2015

The trial continues at Bristol Crown Court.

The trial continues at Bristol Crown Court.

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A CONVICTED sex offender has said he was ‘shocked’ when he was accused of raping and sexually abusing two boys at a house in Weston.

A CONVICTED sex offender has said he was ‘shocked’ when he was accused of raping and sexually abusing two boys at a house in Weston.

Simon Walford is on trial accused of abusing the boys – who were aged 11 and 15 at the time – between 1999 and 2003.

The prosecution alleges the boys would visit the house to play computer games before Walford would rape and abuse them.

Walford told jurors at Bristol Crown Court he had ‘never raped anybody in his life’ and he would have ‘put his hands up’ to the charges if they were true.

Jurors were told how the 44-year-old was convicted in 2003 of indecently assaulting one of the alleged victims and indecently exposing himself to the boy and his friend, aged 11.

However, the boy who was indecently assaulted by Walford claimed in 2013 the abuse he was subjected to included rape and also alleged Walford had raped a second friend of his between 1999 and 2003.

Walford denies nine charges. All nine are of a sexual nature, and the list includes four allegations of rape, and two of attempted rape.

He told the court on Tuesday: “I have always pleaded guilty to my offences (but) I am pleading not guilty because I have not committed these offences. I have never raped anybody in my life.”

Walford claimed he was concerned about one of the alleged victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, after the boy’s mother found a letter from another man addressed to her son which mentioned giving the child money.

The court also heard that Walford was serving an indefinite prison sentence for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in a separate incident in 2009.

However, Walford told the jury he had been ‘rehabilitating’ himself during his time in prison.

He told the court: “While I have been in prison I have been rehabilitating myself by completing a sex offenders’ course and other things. It all came as a shock when the police arrived (to arrest me).

“I could not believe it. I am doing a life sentence so if I had done it I would have put my hands up to it, because I have got nothing to lose.”

The trial continues.


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