Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire Army Cadet leader denies abusing boys

A former leader of Hampshire's Army Cadets gave alcohol to teenage boys before abusing them, a court has heard.

Brian Court, 44, from Basingstoke, denies abusing the youngsters in the early 1990s.

The Southampton Crown Court jury heard that Mr Court abused his position by indecently assaulting three cadets.

The prosecution claimed he took the boys to his flat and, on another occasion, he is alleged to have abused a boy at an army base.

The allegations came after one former cadet went to a Hampshire police station in 2010 and claimed he had been abused by Mr Court when he was younger.

Similar claims from two other former cadets followed.

'Feeling sick'

One of the alleged victims, now a man in his 30s, told the court he only now felt strong enough to talk about it.

The man said he was left "feeling sick" after the incident. He said he remembered it distinctly, and it was "so disturbing".

The man said he thought the police stopped things like that and said he had told no-one at the time.

The defence claimed the alleged victim had never been to Mr Court's house and that the incident was a lie.

The case continues.

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