Firemen ‘raped boy in station’ almost 40 years ago court told

Bournemouth Echo: ON TRIAL: Former firefighter David Bryant ON TRIAL: Former firefighter David Bryant

TWO Christchurch firefighters raped a schoolboy at a Dorset fire station almost 40 years ago, a court heard.

David Bryant, 63, was on trial at Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday accused of buggery on a boy aged between 12 and 15, a charge dating back to the mid 1970s.

The jury saw video footage of a police interview in which the alleged victim, now in his 50s, claimed that Bryant and Dennis Goodman – both retained crew at the time – assaulted him after inviting him to play darts with them at Christchurch Fire Station.

Mr Goodman, who was in his 40s at the time of the alleged incident, is now deceased.

In the recording the alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he had played darts there with the pair on two occasions before the alleged incident, which is said to have occurred around 1976 when he was about 14 years old.

He said that on the third occasion they held him down and raped him over a table, while having sex with each other.

He said he was crying out during the incident, but was told by one of the men “this is what you have come here for”.

Afterwards, he claimed, Mr Goodman threw a £5 note at him and asked if he wanted to come back.

He said he had not told his parents as his mother was ill at the time, and he only confided in a friend.

His decision to go to the police came after a visit to the area two years ago.

“Going down there brought back a few memories, it has been aggravating me at the back of my mind ever since, should I do this,” he said.

“But when I saw all this Jimmy Savile stuff on the news I decided I had to come forward.”

Cross-examining him, Fern Russell challenged his recollection of the layout and furnishings of the fire station at the time, asking whether he had actually based his descriptions on a recent visit.

He said since the incident he had only driven past and not been inside.

Bryant, of Grove Road East, Christchurch, denies the charge. The trial continues.

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