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Sex toy claim totally untrue says partner of Hartlepool darts star accused of rape

Tony Eccles outside Teesside Crown Court

Tony Eccles outside Teesside Crown Court

SEVERAL witnesses gave evidence for Hartlepool darts star Tony Eccles who is on trial for serious sex crimes.

Members of Eccles’s family spoke on his behalf at Teesside Crown Court where they disputed a number of details about a woman’s claims that Eccles abused her as a child.

They included his partner Claire Stainsby who Eccles met through the darts world.

The prosecution allege that Eccles indecently assaulted the alleged victim with a sex toy belonging to his partner.

But Mrs Stainsby said it was “totally untrue” that she had owned a toy of the kind alleged.

She added: “I’ve no idea what she is talking about.”

Mrs Stainsby also told of Eccles’s reaction when allegations he abused the girl first came to light several years ago, but on which no further action was taken by the police.

She said: “He totally denied it. He said it wasn’t true at all. He was really shocked and upset, as was I.”

During the trial Eccles has been accused of contacting the alleged victim often on a mobile phone.

Mrs Stainsby said she arranged what she understood was his first ever mobile after they met later.

But she admitted under cross examination from prosecutor Shaun Dodds that she did not know Eccles at time the allegations are said to have happened.

Eccles, of Northgate, Hartlepool, denies five counts of rape and a further five of indecent assault.

The trial continues.

 
 
 

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