Jury to consider motives

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The prosecution in the trial of Robert Hayes-Danson has asked the jury to consider the truthfulness, accuracy and motives of the witnesses in the case.

Closing the case, Richard Howarth, prosecuting, said: “This case boils down to the credibility of the complainants and the credibility of other witnesses, particularly the defendant and others who have given evidence in this trial.

“The main players are the defendant and the three complainants.

“They are the only four people in this case who know exactly what went on over this time period.”

Mr Howarth outlined the steps the alleged victims would have to take to fabricate what the defence claim is a pack of lies about Danson, 46.

He asked the jury to consider whether the women had plotted to make their complaints against Danson and had “recruited” others to support their case.

The defence claims the women set about telling lies about Danson, formerly of Woodplumpton, in a bid to “get at” his wife, Tracey.

But Mr Howarth said: “You would have to have the motive to want to get this defendant convicted of offences he hasn’t done.

“What is that motive? Is it really to get at Tracey?”

Danson, of Birch Avenue, Newton-with-Scales, denies 11 counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual activity with a child at Preston Crown Court.

The trial continues.