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Jury expected to retire in child sex offence trial of Dorchester chaplain
9:20am Friday 25th January 2013 in News
A JURY is expected to retire to consider its verdict today in the trial of a former chaplain accused of sexual offences with young girls.
Frederick William Vernon Noy, of Castebridge Road, Dorchester, denies two charges of indecency with a child.
The 65-year-old is accused of being indecent with a girl back in the 1970s when his victim was aged between five and 10 years old and abusing another girl when she was aged around 10 in the late 1980s.
On the fourth day of his trial at Dorchester Crown Court, the jury heard evidence from Noy’s wife Robbie.
In cross examination prosecutor David Scutt suggested she could not account for her husband’s every movement all those years ago.
She replied: “I cannot vouch for his every movement but I know his character and I know he would not violate a child.”
In his closing speech to the jury Mr Scutt asked them to consider how it could be that two women, who did not know each other, independently came forward with allegations against Noy many years apart.
He said: “These were not women who were gunning for the defendant, these were not women with any motive against the defendant.
“These were women who, in their own individual ways, eventually told it as it was.”
Robin Leach, representing Noy, said the recollections of the two women were ‘somewhat hazy’.
The case continues.