Pensioner goes on trial for historic sex crimes

AN old age pensioner from Batley who allegedly raped and indecently assaulted two young girls over a 16-year period has appeared at court. 

Bradford Crown Court heard that Jeremiah Cummings’ alleged victims were aged five and seven when he began abusing them.

The 75-year-old is on trial for 10 counts of rape and seven of indecent assault against two girls. He has pleaded not guilty.

Cummings, of Arncliffe Road, Batley, is said to have raped and abused one of the girls, who is now in her mid 50s, between September 21, 1965 and September 21, 1973.

He is said to have also targeted another girl who is now in her mid 40s between February 26, 1976 and February 26, 1984.

The court heard evidence from one one of the alleged victims who said that Cummings raped and assaulted her in Manningham Park and Bowling Park in Bradford and derelict houses off Rooley Lane, Bierley.

In a police interview video she said: “Lots of times I told him I’ don’t want to’, but he coaxed me into it.

“When you’re a child you don’t understand anything different. I would look at the sky and wish it was all over and done with.”

The court was told that Cummings would tell the girls not to tell anyone “as it was their secret.”

In 1998 the older alleged victim told her doctor about the abuse when she was being treated for depression.

However, she did not tell police until 2013.

The younger of the two alleged victims said that she screamed and cried during one attack but Cummings hit her and told her to shut up.

He was arrested on suspicion of abusing the younger victim during the alleged abuse period but was released without charge. The trial continues.

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