Jury told alleged victims ‘got their heads together’

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A man has told a court a woman who believed she was in a relationship with him when she was a teenager was a “pushy kind of girl.”

Taking to the witness box at Preston Crown Court, Robert Hayes-Danson, known locally as Bob Danson, described his alleged victim as “forward and flirty” as he defended himself against allegations of indecently assaulting her over a number of years.

Speaking for the first time since the start of his trial, Danson, 46, claimed the woman had colluded with two other women to make a string of false allegations as they had a problem with his wife and wanted to break his family up.

Danson, formerly of Woodplumpton but now of Birch Avenue, Newton-with-Scales, said he had no knowledge of a letter written by the youngest of his alleged victims to the teen charity Talkwize in the 1990s until the allegations emerged against him last year.

In the letter the girl wrote: “I’ve felt like this for about four months. It seemed to start when (Danson) put his hand up my top and kept pinning me down so he could kiss my face and whisper in me ear.”

Danson accepted he had been play fighting with the youngster but insisted it was innocent.

He claimed the other women must have “caught wind” of the letter and decided to make allegations against him in 2012.

Danson said: “They’ve had a bit of time to think about it. Twenty years.”

Richard Howarth, cross examining, said: “It would only be 20 years if it was true. Are you saying they have colluded for 20 years?”

Danson replied: “They’d have known about it for 20 years if it was true so they would have 20 years of knowing about it in their heads.

“This letter, this one she’s sent to Talkwize, I don’t know when she’s got wind of it but in her head she’s got wind of it and thought ‘I’m going to make something up here’.

“I knew nothing of that letter when it was (written). I’ve only just found out about it. It’s a massive shock.”

Danson denies 11 counts of indecent assault and two charges of indecency with a child.

The trial continues.