Tears of alleged rape victim

A TEENAGE girl broke down in tears as she gave evidence against her alleged rapist.

Anthony Evans, 25, is standing trial at Teesside Crown Court accused of carrying out an attack on the youngster.

He is said to have dragged the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, before pulling down her trousers and raping her.

During the third day of Evans’ trial, the girl alleged that Evans had acted inappropriately during events leading up to the alleged incident.

Speaking via videolink, she said he had dragged her previously, held her and tried to pull down her trousers.

The girl broke down in tears while being cross-examined by Evans’ defence barrister Christine Egerton yesterday. She said: “I want my dad.

“People like that want shooting I’m telling you.”

The hearing resumed after a 45-minute adjournment to allow the girl to regain her composure.

She told the jury: “He put his arm around us and then tried to pull my trousers down.”

She said she asked another woman who was nearby for help and alleged when the woman went over that he grabbed her and tried to undo the other woman’s bra.

Evans previously denied any sexual activity with the gir.

But in a second police interview two months later her said he had consensual sex with her.

He said he could then tell the truth as he was no longer with his partner.

Evans, of Laburnum Terrace, Trimdon Station, denies rape.

The trial, which is expected to last until next Wednesday, continues.