Rape charge OAP said: ‘I wouldn’t dream of sex with young boy’, court hears

A 75-YEAR-old man drove a 14-year-old boy to his luxury Fenland home before raping him in the shower and in the bedroom, a jury heard yesterday.

John Whitcombe, a former March businessman, denies sexual offences involving young boys.

He faces two charges of rape, three charges of sexual activity with a child, one charge of sexual assault on a child, and one charge of possessing indecent photographs of children.

Cambridge Crown Court heard that Whitcombe took the 14-year-old to his home, in Gedney, South Lincolnshire, for a “sleep over” in the summer of 2009.

The jury watched police interviews with the alleged victim who described how he had eaten food and watched television at Whitcombe’s house before going for a shower.


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The boy, who is now 16, told police that Whitcombe got into the shower with him and began to touch and kiss him before raping him.

Later, after going to bed, the boy said Whitcombe followed him, undressed him, and raped him for a second time.

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“He took all my clothes off. I told him to stop it but he didn’t,” the boy told the police.

The jury heard that Whitcombe had earlier offered the boy �100 to go to bed with him and had given him wine. He had also given him a bike.

The boy, set to give evidence today via a video link, said in a police interview that Whitcombe’s house was “like a castle” and described intricate details of rooms and furniture.

He told his dad of the abuse some months later “to get it off my mind”. The court heard that the boy was left “shaking” after the incident and was still scared by it.

Felicity Gerry, prosecuting, told the jury that Whitcombe, of Lyons Court, Chatteris, had denied all the allegations in a series of police interviews.

He claimed he had not been sexually active for five years and had never been “sexually attracted to men or young boys.

“He told police he wouldn’t dream of having sex with a young boy,” said Miss Gerry.

In relation to the alleged possession of indecent photographs, Whitcombe told police that images found on his computer must have been there before he got it as he “only used it for word processing and had no internet connection”.

It is thought that the trial will last for around two weeks. The case continues.

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