Friday 24 November 2017

Corrie star Bill Roache raped teen in 'calculated' attack, court told

Coronation Street star William Roache arrives at Preston Crown court with daughter Verity
Coronation Street star William Roache arrives at Preston Crown court with daughter Verity

Sam Masters

The 'Coronation Street' actor William Roache was "cold and calculated" when he pushed a 15-year-old girl on to a bed before raping her, jurors were told yesterday.

The woman, now 62, said the alleged rapes took place in his two homes in Haslingden, Lancashire, Preston Crown Court heard.

Mr Roache (81), from Wilmslow, Cheshire, denies two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967. He also denies five counts of indecent assault involving four girls. Those alleged offences involve girls aged 16 or under in Manchester between 1965 and 1971, the court heard.

The jury was shown a video of the alleged rape victim's police interview from March last year.

She detailed the first alleged assault when she claimed Mr Roache, who plays Ken Barlow in the ITV soap, had sex with her with "no warning" in the bedroom of his bungalow.

"I was a bit shocked," she said. "There was no warning to anything that would have happened."

She added: "It happened before I realised it. I didn't know what to do. I was panicking. I didn't have to fight him. He was not aggressive in any way.

"He was big, I was little," she said. "He did not kiss me, he was very cold and calculating." Afterwards the woman said Mr Roache "just got off, zipped himself up again and I was allowed to go". She added: "I just left. I thought it was my fault."

The police interview then moved on to the second alleged rape, several months later, at a different property. The witness said she made a "big mistake" in accepting Mr Roache's invitation to "come and have a look" at the house. This time as soon as she entered the house she alleged she was pushed against a wall and raped a second time.

She said she decided to come forward after watching the actor talk about his love life in a TV interview, which she said "made my skin crawl".

Mr Roache will not appear in 'Coronation Street' while legal proceedings are ongoing. (© Independent News Service)

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