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Jury out in trial of man accused of sexually assaulting girl

Carlisle Crown Court

A JURY in the trial of a teacher accused of groping a girl has retired to consider its verdicts.

It is alleged that 26-year-old David Harrison put his hands down the front of a youngster’s top several times, and rubbed her chest. It is said this occurred on a number of different occasions.

Harrison, of Friars Garth, Abbeytown, has pleaded not guilty to four charges which allege that he sexually assaulted a girl aged under 13. A man of good character, he denies her allegations.

Today (MON), Judge Peter Hughes QC summed up the case to jurors who have heard claims from the girl, and also Harrison’s insistence that they “never happened”.

Judge Hughes said to jurors they must “decide whether you are sure that the defendant sexually assaulted (the girl) as is alleged”.

At the conclusion of the judge’s summing-up, the jury of seven men and five women retired to begin their deliberations.

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