Thursday 22 February 2018

Roache accuser felt 'a coward' for not going to police

'Coronation Street' actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court. PA
'Coronation Street' actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court. PA

Kim Pilling

An alleged sex assault victim of 'Coronation Street' star William Roache said she felt "a coward" for not going to the police before she did.

The woman claims the actor made her perform a sex act on him while he gave her a lift home in his Rolls-Royce.

The alleged incident is said to have happened between June 1968 and September 1971.

Jurors at Preston Crown Court heard she contacted police on May 1 last year on the day it emerged that Roache had been arrested on suspicion of raping a young girl.

Giving evidence, she was asked by prosecutor Anne Whyte if that had had any effect.

She replied: "She made me feel a coward because she came forward first. She had guts to do it."

Roache (81), of Wilmslow, Cheshire, denies two counts of rape and five counts of indecent assault involving five complainants aged 16 and under on dates between 1965 and 1971.

Earlier, in a police interview played to the court, the woman said she was with a friend autograph-hunting outside Granada Studios when Roache - who plays Ken Barlow in the soap - offered them a lift.

The witness's sister, who is two years older, claimed Roache indecently assaulted her on a separate occasion when she was aged 14, after they were both invited inside the studios.

The trial continues tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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