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Violin teacher used power to rape

Malcolm Layfield
Malcolm Layfield

A violin teacher improperly used his "power and influence" to rape an 18-year-old female student, a jury has heard.

Malcolm Layfield, 63, is said to have committed the offence in the back of his car during a school trip to Cornwall after he plied his alleged victim with alcohol.

Jurors at Manchester Crown Court were told it was a case about "abuse of power" in the early 1980s by the defendant who worked at the "world renowned" Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, both in Manchester.

Prosecutor Peter Cadwallader said: "He was a fine teacher with power and influence. He taught highly gifted students, many of whom had ambitions to go with their talent.

"It is alleged, in short, that he used his power and influence improperly.

"He admits that he had inappropriate sexual relationships with a number of female students.

"The complainant in this case was one such student."

He told the jury that the pair did have a consensual sexual relationship which lasted for about six weeks but that the first occasion they had sex was rape.

Mr Cadwallader said: "For the ambitious student, her violin teacher was critical.

"Not only for her progress at those two institutions, Chetham's and the Royal Northern College of Music, but also for his influence on her future music career.

"We suggest that he used that power and influence in an improper and inappropriate way, in essence, to obtain sex."

Layfield, of Castle Quay, Castlefield, Manchester, denies rape