A SHOP owner is standing trial accused of sexually assaulting a naive young teenager in the living quarters of his store.
Kishor Solanki, who owns and runs the Spar shop on Wright Avenue in Rudheath, denies four counts of causing a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.
It is alleged that on March 22, he groped the girl under a blanket on his living room sofa before forcing her to perform a sex act on him.
A jury at Chester Crown Court on Monday was told a similar sequence of events had happened in January or February this year.
Prosecutor Caroline Harris said that the girl, now 15, was subjected to two separate assaults.
She said: “She has learning difficulties, perhaps presenting her as younger in age than she is.”
Miss Harris added the defendant had, when challenged, begged the girl not to call the police and offered to sell the shop and move away, repeating that it was “an accident”.
In her interview with police, the alleged victim said Solanki’s seven-year-old son was in the room at the time of the offence and that his wife was serving customers in the shop.
She told her interviewer: “I don’t even know why he was doing it, the pervert.”
Solanki, known as ‘Chris’, told police he was worried the blanket had been taken away for analysis as “he and his wife may have had sex on the blanket and he also slept on it”.
The trial is expected to conclude today (Wednesday).