Judge’s widow sexually abused young boy who ‘buried memories’, court told

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Lady Lavinia Nourse arrives at Peterborough Knights Hall - Terry Harris /THA
Lady Lavinia Nourse arrives at Peterborough Knights Hall - Terry Harris /THA

A Court of Appeal judge's widow sexually abused a young boy who "buried away the memories", a court has heard.

Lady Lavinia Nourse, of Newmarket in Suffolk, was married to Sir Martin Nourse, a senior judge, who died in 2017 aged 85.

The 77-year-old has gone on trial at Peterborough's Nightingale court, in the Knights' Chamber at the city's cathedral, where she denies 17 counts of sexually abusing a boy under the age of 12 in the 1980s.

The charges, which all relate to the same male complainant, are five counts of indecently assaulting a boy and 12 counts of indecency with a child.

Jennifer Knight QC, prosecuting, said the boy had "never told anyone" about what Lady Lavinia did to him.

"He tried to bury away the memories and not to think about them."

She said that, years later, after the complainant got married and had children, he "became increasingly troubled by his recollection".

Ms Knight said the complainant told his wife what had happened to him and later reported his allegations to police, with Lady Lavinia first interviewed by officers in 2019.

The defendant claims that the alleged incidents of abuse did not happen, Ms Knight said.

The trial continues.

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