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Victim saw 'sex abuser priest' on television

Richard John James Robinson
Image caption James Robinson denies all charges against him

An alleged victim of a priest accused of sexually abusing boys said he only knew his attacker's name when he saw him on television.

Richard John James Robinson, 73, denies 22 charges relating to offences against six boys aged under 16 between 1959 and 1983 at churches in the West Midlands.

The man told the court he had "carried" Mr Robinson's face with him since being assaulted.

He said he contacted police after seeing coverage of his extradition.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the alleged victim, now his 60s, say he still recognised Mr Robinson's face nearly five decades after being abused, in the Aldridge area, when he was aged 10 or 11.

He said he rang police after watching the extradition.

"That was the first time I ever knew his complete name," he said.

"All my life I have seen his face - I have carried it all my life."

'No doubt'

When asked by prosecutor Mohammed Hafeez if he had any doubts that Mr Robinson was the man who attacked him he said he would stake his eldest son's life on it.

"He's been locked up in my head for 49 years - I have no shadow of any doubt," he said.

The former clergyman, who was known to parishioners as "Father Jim", worked in churches in Staffordshire, Birmingham and Coventry until the mid-1980s, when he moved to California.

He was extradited from the United States of America in August last year.

The trial has been adjourned until Monday.

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