The trial of an 85-year-old retired farmer accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy is nearing its conclusion in the Royal Court.
Bryan John Le Brocq is charged with eight counts of sexual assault on the alleged victim, who was 13 when it is claimed the abuse started. He denies all the charges.
In a heated exchange, Crown Advocate David Steenson for the prosecution said Mr Le Brocq allowed the alleged victim to sleep in his bed.
The Royal Court yesterday heard Mr Le Brocq say: “He bloody well did not. He did not sleep in my bed. Never. Sorry to use bad language. I don’t know why he has done this, short of money perhaps.”
Advocate Steenson said: “Why is he telling lies?”
“Because he is a born liar and anyone who knows him, knows he is a born liar,” said Mr Le Brocq.
Advocate Steenson asked Mr Le Brocq why he allowed the alleged victim to stay at his house.
“He had nowhere to go. I was sorry for him. The room was empty and I didn’t mind. I am gullible and I will help anybody out."
Mr Le Brocq was then asked by Advocate Steenson why he had told police he would commit suicide if he was charged with child sexual assault.
He replied: “Yes, I did. A friend of mine had died, my boiler had packed up, I had the flu and when this case came up I could never face an allegation like that. I didn’t really want to live.”
Advocate Steenson said: “If you were not guilty, why kill yourself?”
“I didn’t say I was going to do it, I just felt like it. You can understand. My family know me and they know these allegations are not true.”
Advocate Steenson said Mr Le Brocq tried to “blacken” the alleged victim’s name when he was interviewed by the police.
He said: “You were desperate to make him seem worse. He goes for a drink and you tell police he is dealing in drugs. He goes to St Brelade and you tell police he is in a gang smashing things up. You are just making all of this up?”
“No I am not,” replied Mr le Brocq. “I am not lying, why should I? You keep accusing me but you have got to prove it.”
The trial continues.
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