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Trial hears policeman sexually assaulted teen girl with his truncheon

The trial is taking place at Cardiff Crown Court
The trial is taking place at Cardiff Crown Court

A police officer raped a teenager and performed a sex act on her using his truncheon, a court has heard.

Retired South Wales and Gwent detective Colin John Hart is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court accused of abusing the schoolgirl between 1988 and 1991.

The 61-year-old, of Nelson, Caerphilly, denies one count of rape and seven of indecent assault - which the prosecution says took place when he was a serving officer.

Prosecuting counsel Martyn Kelly said Hart met the complainant at a pub he frequented - which was owned by a family member of hers.

He said: "She was going there from time to time and was befriended by the defendant.

"The complainant says she was 13 or 14 when that friendship became touching and kissing. That developed into more intimate touching.

"When she was around 14 or 15 she and the defendant then had full sex."

Jurors were told that the complainant, now in her 40s, spoke to the police about the alleged abuse last year and was interviewed by specially trained officers for six hours.

Mr Kelly added: "She said it was something that had a considerable effect on her life and she felt compelled to tell the authorities about it."

The Crown says that after grooming the teenager, Hart would regularly take her up to Caerphilly mountain where she would perform oral sex on him.

It is also alleged that between 1988 and 1990 the defendant indecently assaulted the girl using a police truncheon and raped her.

The court has heard that Hart admits he had a sexual relationship with the girl - but when she was 17 - and that the "fling" happened shortly before meeting his wife.

Mr Kelly said the issue of dates would be a key feature of the case.

He added: "You will realise that these events occurred 25 years ago. People will be trying their best to remember places, dates and times."

The trial, which is expected to last around a week, continues.