A WOMAN who claimed she was raped by a Helston man has told a court how years of abuse have left her angry because people “let it happen”.
Terrence Williams, 68, of Trengouse Way, went on trial on Monday at Truro Crown Court, accused of 12 counts of indecently assaulting and raping a girl between 1988 and 1996.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court the abuse started when she was aged under-10 and continued for a number of years.
The woman, who is now in her 30s, contacted police in May 2012.
Jason Beal, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Williams touched the girl sexually and progressed to rape.
He said: “Mr Williams was interested in the time when she reached puberty.
“He told her that when she started her periods he would make a real woman of her.
“By this time the abuse had progressed to the stage where the defendant was having full penetrative sexual intercourse with her.”
Mr Beal said the complainant had told a number of people about what was happening to her and that she was video interviewed by police in April 1996.
He said: “Police began an investigation but a decision was made at that stage in 1996 not to charge Mr Williams with any offences.”
Giving evidence by video interview, which was recorded in May 2012, the woman said: “I look back on my childhood and all I can recall is stuff like that.
“I am consumed by this and everyone just let it happen; everyone was completely blind.”
Adrian Chaplin, defending, showed the jury parts of the 1996 interview the girl had given to police.
He said she alleged one incident of abuse then and was now alleging numerous incidents and questioned her why she had not told police everything at the time.
She said: “I said the bare minimum I had to say … he was out of my life and that is all I was concerned about.”
“You made up the allegation in 1996 so as to bring about change,” said Mr Chaplin.
“Later in life, making the transition into adulthood and the responsibilities of parenthood you struggled again with your reality and that is when you started to talk about sexual abuse again.”
The woman responded: “I have got absolutely nothing to gain from being here”, adding: “I am so angry nobody ever did anything about it.”
Williams, who denies all of the charges, was interviewed by police on September 20, 2012 but did not answer questions.
He gave a prepared statement which said: “I have been arrested in connection with allegations made by [the girl].
“I did not commit any offences against [her]. I have done nothing wrong.”
Williams is accused of eight counts of indecent assault on a girl aged under-14 between July 1988 and April 1996.
He faces four charges of raping the same girl between July 1994 and April 1996.
The trial continues.