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Stowmarket teacher Derek Cable had 'no memory' of sex abuse accuser

Derek Cable
Image caption Derek Cable taught music at the Stowmarket Middle School in the 1970s

A former music teacher accused of sex assaults on an 11-year-old pupil in Suffolk has told his trial he has "no recollection" of the alleged victim.

The assaults are said to have taken place at Stowmarket Middle School in the mid-1970s.

Derek Cable, 74, of Albany Court, Hastings, Sussex, denies three charges of indecent assault, including making the boy perform a sex act on him.

He has told Ipswich Crown Court there was no substance to the claims.

The alleged victim, who is now 50 years old, has told the jury he was fondled on three separate occasions while having one-to-one lunchtime trombone lessons in 1975 and 1976.

On the third occasion he was made to perform a sexual act on the defendant, he said.

'Confused and devastated'

The court heard that in 2003 the defendant was jailed for four years after being found guilty of sexually assaulting five boys in the 1970s and 1980s when they were members of the Stowmarket Schools Concert Band, which he had founded in 1961.

Giving evidence in the current trial, the former teacher maintained he was wrongly convicted but said he had not appealed because his solicitors advised he would have been released from prison before the appeal was completed.

He said he had been "confused and devastated" by his arrest and conviction.

His defence barrister, Tanya Robinson, asked him if there was any substance to the latest charges.

Mr Cable said: "No, absolutely not. I don't remember him at all.

"I have no recollection of ever giving a lesson to him at all."

The jury retired to consider its verdicts on Thursday afternoon and will resume its deliberations on Friday.

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