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Norfolk child abuse trial boy witness defends claims

All 10 defendants
Image caption The 10 defendants deny sexual abuse of children including Carol Stadler (pictured top, second left) and Jason Adams (pictured bottom, first left)

The trial of 10 people accused of abusing children has heard a boy say his allegations are "100% true".

The boy, who cannot be named, appeared via a video link at Norwich Crown Court and gave his evidence as the judge and barristers removed their wigs.

He was cross-examined about his evidence that he was abused "a couple of hundred times" at a chiropractor's.

Six women and four men are accused of 38 charges of sexually abusing and neglecting five young children.

The boy was cross-examined by Claire Matthews, defence for Carol Stadler.

He said after he had been abused by a man and Mrs Stadler, they would go to reception and pay £7.99 or £4.99 depending on the time of the session.

Claims 'untrue'

Miss Matthews said: "I am going to suggest to you that neither children nor adults were ever sexually abused in that building?

"When you said all those things to the police it simply wasn't true?"

The boy replied: "No, it was true, 100% true."

She added Mrs Stadler was being treated by an osteopath because she had a bad back. The boy did not remember that.

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Image caption An artist's impression of the 10 defendants on trial at Norwich Crown Court

Miss Isobel Forshaw, defending Jason Adams, told the boy he had been mistreated.

"Jason ill-treated you. He has told the court that he treated all of you very badly. Do you understand?"

"Yes I do," he replied.

"He was violent to you?" she asked.

"Yes, he was," the boy replied, who added he was frightened all the time.

Mr Adams has admitted four charges of cruelty and the jury has heard he had served a prison sentence for an assault on Marie Black.

All the 10 defendants range in age from 31 to 84. They are Marie Black, Anthony Stadler, Kathleen Adams, Carol Stadler, Nicola Collins, Andrew Collins, Judith Fuller, Denise Barnes, Jason Adams, all from Norwich, and Michael Rogers, from Romford.

The trial continues.

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