Hereford & Worcester

Simon Harris 'raped and threatened to kill Kenyan boy'

A charity boss pinned and raped a Kenyan boy before threatening to beat and kill him, a court has been told.

Simon Harris, 55, denies 22 charges of sexual abuse against boys as young as six in the east African country.

Giving evidence via satellite link to Birmingham Crown Court, one boy described being attacked by Mr Harris, from Leominster in Herefordshire.

The alleged victim, who was nine at the time, described to the court Mr Harris "doing bad manners" to him.

Giving evidence through an interpreter, the boy told the jury that he had been told to lie on the bed.

He then described how the former public school housemaster had removed his vest and shorts before subjecting him to a painful ordeal that lasted about 10 minutes.

Asked what happened afterwards, the boy said: "He told me if I told anyone he would kill me. He would beat me and kill me."

'Beaten with stick'

The court heard the attack happened on the last of seven visits to Mr Harris's home, known by locals as the Green House, near the town of Gilgil.

The boy told the court he would be picked up in the town by the 55-year-old, before being driven back to his home, where he did work like "cleaning and taking out the garbage".

He said there were often other young boys at the house during his visits.

Asked by prosecutor Kevin Hegarty QC if be believed Mr Harris would have carried out his threats to beat and kill him, the boy said he did, describing another occasion when he was beaten with a stick.

Afterwards, he said the defendant "put me back in the car, took me back to town and told me we would never be friends again".

Asked if he had seen Mr Harris since, he said no.

The boy said he had only told his aunt about the attack, but months later spoke to UK police officers after they were alerted.

Asked by defence counsel Jeremy Dean if Mr Harris had offered him money, new clothes or a new bike, the boy replied no.

Mr Harris is accused of rapes and indecent assaults on 11 street children in Kenya between 2001 and 2013, as well as five charges of possessing indecent images of children. He denies all the charges.

The court heard the defendant had moved to Kenya in the mid 1990s, where he ran the charity VAE, which placed gap-year students with local schools.

On Monday, Mr Harris admitted six offences of indecently assaulting three boys aged between 13 and 14 while he was a teacher at Shebbear College in Devon in the 1980s.

On Tuesday, the jury was told under English law, British citizens could be tried for sex offences committed abroad against children under 16 if it was also an offence in that country.

The trial continues.

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