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Grandfather, 76, propositioned two young girls, court told
6:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A GRANDFATHER of 30 made lewd comments and propositioned two young girls as they played in the street near his Redditch home, a jury has been told.
Former British Leyland worker Derrick Wicks, aged 76, is accused of asking the girls - aged 10 and 13 - if they were virgins and if they wanted to have sex with him, as he walked his labrador on the afternoon of March 10 last year.
Then, on September 10, he is accused of assault by grabbing the older girl by the arm when he saw her walking alone, telling her she "looked pretty" in her school uniform.
Prosecutor Stephen Davis told Worcester Crown Court that on March 10 the girls had been playing with another friend in a street not far from Wicks' home in Stapleton Close, Redditch.
He engaged them in conversation about their ages, Mr Davis said, before starting to make comments of a sexual nature.
The girls ran home and told their mothers, who contacted police.
Then, six months later, the older of the two girls was walking home from school when, Mr Davis said, she passed Wicks, who grabbed her by her left arm and tried to speak to her before she broke free.
In evidence, Wicks denied he had made any inappropriate comments to the girls, and claimed he had not even seen them on the date in question - though he accepted he had spoken to them on a different day. He said he had not spoken to any of them since.
"They're telling fibs. I have no idea why - maybe they have some kind of grudge against me, I don't know," he said.
"I said good morning, nice morning, then I just walked past them.
"I wouldn't say things like that to my own wife and we've been married 28 years."
Wicks denies two counts of inciting a child to engage in a sexual activity and one of assault by beating.
The trial continues.
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