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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Trial told Barrow man twice had sex with 15-year-old girl

A MAN had sex with a 15-year-old girl in his flat twice – knowing she was underage, a court was told yesterday.

Kyle Hubbold, 25, is accused of two counts of sexual activity with a child in 2011.

The first day of a trial at Barrow Crown Court heard that Hubbold met the girl in 2011 and had sex with her at his home on two separate occasions.

The prosecution alleges Hubbold, of Rawlinson Street, Barrow, knew that the girl, now 17, was underage at the time.

However, Hubbold states the girl told him she was 17 and says that they only had sex once.

The jury of six men and six women was told that the pair started texting each other before Hubbold invited the girl to his flat one afternoon.

Whilst in the flat, the pair watched two films before they had sex in the man’s bedroom. The alleged victim claims Hubbold paid for her taxi fare to his then-home in Egerton Court.

The girl claims that the pair then had sex again in August 2011 on his living room sofa. On both times she says she agreed to the sex.

In a recorded police interview, the girl described how she felt “embarrassed” and “ashamed” after the incidents.

Mr Mark Lamberty, prosecuting, said: “Everybody knew that the girl was still at school. In the aftermath of this matter, the defendant said to two different people that he had sexual intercourse with the girl twice.

“The defendant says about the count that he thought she was over 16 and that it only happened once, not twice.”

The girl says that Hubbold asked for her name and age when they first met, and that she told him she was 15.

Mr Richard Vardon, defending, said Hubbold believed the girl was over 16.

In cross-examination, Mr Vardon suggested to the girl that she had brought charges against Hubbold because she was jealous of his relationship with another woman. She denied this.

Asked why she had reported the incident to police in 2013, the girl said: “Because he’s a liar. Because he’s denying everything.”

Hubbold denies the charges as he denies knowing the girl was under the age of consent.

The trial continues.

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