Woman with learning difficulties ‘assaulted’

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A YOUNG woman with learning difficulties was sexually assaulted in a park by a man she knew, a jury heard on Monday.

The 20-year-old was persuaded by Ali Akkouche to go to the Memorial Gardens in Tring, where he put his hand down her shorts.

The 43-year-old from Aylesbury told police that she had consented, St Albans Crown Court was told.

Robin Miric, prosecuting, said: “He put his hand down her red shorts and touched her private parts. She told him to stop. He didn’t and repeated the action. She said stop again and this time he did stop.”

Mr Miric said the defendant left the area. The woman appeared distressed and was recorded behaving erratically on CCTV in the area. A member of the public asked her what had happened and called the police.

Mr Akkouche, who is helped in court by an Arabic interpreter, was questioned by officers. He told them the woman was a willing participant.

Akkouche, of Manson Court, Aylesbury denies assault by penetration on July 22, 2010. The case continues.