Exmouth: Accuser told therapist 1991 police statement over alleged sex abuse was ‘a load of bullish*t’, court hears

A man who has accused former Exmouth mayor John Humphreys of sexually abusing him as a child told a therapist a statement he originally gave police at the time was ‘a load of bullsh*t’, a court heard. 

Humphreys, aged 59, of Hartley Road, is on trial at Exeter Crown Court where he denies ten charges of historic sex offences against two boys alleged to have taken place between 1990 and 2002.

He denies ever having any sexual activity with either of the boys.

The trial has heard one of the now-adult complainants said he was under the age of 14  when he allegedly had sex with Humphreys in Exmouth.

Under cross-examination by defence barrister Fiona Elder on Wednesday (August 11), the man admitted he had lied to police in May 1991 when an officer arrived at his home to take a statement.

This related to allegations the boy had had sex with a man in toilets in Exmouth.

The male first named the man as being Humphreys to police in 2015.

In the same year, 2015, the male researched Humphreys on the internet, the court heard.

The jury heard some of the sex acts he alleged to police the man had made him perform – and did to him – were false.

He told the court he lied to officers that the man threatened to kill him, invented the date they met at public toilets,  made up the description of the clothes he wore to meet the defendant, and gave the wrong age.

He told the jury: “When I said it happened to me when I was ten years old, that was not true.”

The court also heard that, while held at a psychiatric unit, the male admitted to a health professional during a therapy session how the statement he gave police in 1991 was ‘a load of bullsh*t’.

When it was put to the male he repeatedly lied to therapists , he told the jury ‘I was in a psychiatric unit trying to get out’.

The male told the court: “My dad wouldn’t have understood unless I was dragged kicking and screaming [into the toilet]. The statement was done that way so I wouldn’t look like a bad person.”

He added: “I was making things up to the police with the truth inside.”

He told the court: “That statement was made up to stop people asking me questions.”

And the court heard the man successfully made a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in 2017 for what he alleges Humphreys did to him – and was awarded at least £16,500.

The male also told the jury he initiated consensual sex with Humphreys as an adult, inviting the defendant to his home, but failed to tell police of the incident in his 2015 statement, saying he ‘didn’t think it was relevant’.

Humphreys denies two charges of indecent assault and three counts of a sex assault on a boy aged 12 to 13 between 1990 and 1991.

He has also pleaded not guilty to five further counts of indecent assault of a second boy aged 14 to 15 between 1999 and 2002.

The trial continues…

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