South Scotland

Norman Pender rape trial told woman felt 'ashamed'

High Court Edinburgh
Image caption Norman Pender denied the charges against him at the High Court in Edinburgh

A woman has told a court that she felt "dirty, sick, lonely, ashamed" after she was allegedly repeatedly sexually abused by a man whilst she grew up.

She claimed she was assaulted by Norman Pender, 65, at various addresses in Hawick between 1986 and 1997.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard the alleged abuse started when she was aged eight and continued until she was 19.

Mr Pender, of Cavers, Hawick, denies charges of lewd and indecent practices, sexual abuse and rape.

The woman - who cannot be named for legal reasons - told prosecution lawyer Alison Di Rollo that he performed a series of sex acts on her without her permission.

The advocate depute asked the woman how she felt after the alleged abuse took place and she replied: "Dirty, sick, lonely, ashamed."

Mr Pender faces two charges of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices against the woman who gave evidence in court on Friday.

He is also accused of sexually assaulting and raping her.

Mr Pender faces a further charge of lewd and indecent practices towards another woman which started when she was aged nine and continued until she was 11.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The trial before judge Lord Stewart continues.

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