Thursday 29 September 2016

Adam Johnson trial: Accused's ex-girlfriend Stacey Flounders tweeted alleged victim in 2014

Dave Higgens

Published 25/02/2016 | 10:56

Stacey Flounders, the girlfriend of footballer Adam Johnson, arrives at Bradford crown court for his trial where he is accused of sexual activity with a child
Stacey Flounders, the girlfriend of footballer Adam Johnson, arrives at Bradford crown court for his trial where he is accused of sexual activity with a child

England footballer Adam Johnson and girlfriend Stacey Flounders, who is the mother of Johnson's daughter, have broken up, a court has heard.

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Miss Flounders said the pair would stay friends as she gave evidence in the 28-year-old former Sunderland winger's defence at Bradford Crown Court.

The player has admitted kissing a 15-year-old in his car after grooming the teenager using social media, but he denies that more serious sex acts took place between him and the girl in his Range Rover on January 30 last year.

Miss Flounders entered the witness box in the packed courtroom wearing a black jacket over a light blue top and black jeans.

The 26-year-old was asked by Orlando Pownall QC, defending Johnson, about the future of their relationship.

She replied: "We're just going to remain friends."

Earlier, Mr Pownall asked her why she decided to stay with the player after his arrest.

She replied: "Because he was honest with me and I knew he was telling the truth.

"We'd just had a daughter. I wanted us to be a family."

Asked about messages exchanged with Johnson on the day of the incident with the girl, Miss Flounders admitted she suspected him of being unfaithful at the time.

Mr Pownall asked: "Did you suspect that he was cheating on you?"

She replied: "I did, yes."

When the barrister asked if she had any "hard and fast evidence", she said: "No".

And asked about when Johnson was arrested at their home at 8am, she said: "My head was all over the place. I didn't know what was going on."

She said that after his arrest, her partner said the girl's name and added: "I gave her a couple of shirts."

Miss Flounders said: "I asked how old she was. He said she was 16."

She had already told the jury that she had been in Twitter contact with the girl, whom she recognised as one of the people who waited for Johnson after home games.

Miss Flounders said she even wished the teenager a happy birthday on Twitter in 2014.

Mr Pownall finished his questions by asking Miss Flounders if she saw any future in "the relationship that you had".

She replied: "Do you mean now? Not at the minute, I don't. No."

Miss Flounders was handed a tissue by the court clerk and she dabbed away tears after she was asked about "other women".

She had been telling the jury that Johnson made a series of admissions to her after he returned from the police station after his arrest.

Miss Flounders was asked by Mr Pownall if he named the women.

She said: "Just one. He wouldn't tell me the other names."

Asked how many there were, she said: "Quite a few."

Miss Flounders also told the jury that the footballer first told her he was going to plead guilty in about September last year.

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