A CHESTER man has appeared in court charged with the sexual touching of a 12-year-old girl following a New Year party.
Paul Joseph Walker, 29, of Flag Lane South, Upton, denies the offence and appeared for trial at Chester Crown Court yesterday.
The court heard how Walker, whose girlfriend was just weeks away from giving birth to their second child at the time of the alleged incident, had attended a New Year party and had been giving the girl and her friend, also aged 12, ‘lots of attention’ during the party.
One witness said that this made the girls ‘uncomfortable’ and that they had tried to walked away from him.
A DVD of the alleged victim’s police interview was shown to the court, during which she described how Walker, who was one of a group of family friends staying the night, had gone into the bedroom where she was asleep in a top bunk.
She said that after she felt him touching her she had cried for her mother, only to be told: “Your mum’s not coming. Your mum’s downstairs.”
Prosecuting, Simon Parry said that another family friend, who was sleeping in the bottom bunk, woke up to hear a male voice saying those words.
“As soon as that person left the room, the girl jumped from her bed and left the room to get help,” he added.
The girl, now 13, was watching the evidence from a separate room and became distressed during cross-examination by defending barrister Gareth Roberts.
Mr Roberts told the girl: “Mr Walker is not suggesting that you are lying; he is suggesting that you made a mistake.”
The trial continues.