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Whitton businessman denies indecent assault on autistic woman
A Whitton businessman has denied sexually assaulting a vulnerable woman with autism, Kingston Crown Court heard today.
The 24-year-old woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, alleged David Smith, 61, put his hand down her trousers and touched her “private parts” as well as kissing her on the lips last November.
Mr Smith, who runs a firm that makes headstones, first met the woman at the Whitton Christmas tree light switch-on on November 25 last year, the court heart.
He was working on a roast chestnut stall with his partner and arranged for the woman to come round for dinner the following Thursday, the court heard.
On November 29, the woman visited Mr Smith’s home and got in his van because he had some errands to run.
While in his work van, she alleged Mr Smith put his hand down her trousers, touched her vagina and said “that feels nice”.
During a police interview in December, shown to jurors on a screen, the woman described Mr Smith as “a horrible and horrid man”.
The prosecuting solicitor said: “When she asked him to move his hand from her trousers, he did not. When she tried to remove his hand, he did not do so.
“The prosecution say this is a criminal offence of sexual assault.
“Mr Smith denies the allegations about putting his hand down her trousers but acknowledges he did kiss her on the lips and made other contact.
“We suggest the defendant took advantage of a vulnerable young woman.”
The trial continues, with defence yet to state their case.