A WOMAN told how she was sexually assaulted as a child by the man accused of murdering 11-year-old Lesley Molseed.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave evidence at the trial of Ronald Castree at Bradford Crown Court.
She told the court how a taxi driver abducted her when she was nine and took her to a derelict house in Rochdale where he performed a sexual act in front of her.
The jury have heard that Castree, 54, of Shaw, Oldham, was convicted of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl in 1976.
Lesley was found dead on moors at Ripponden on the West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester border in October, 1975.
Her body was discovered three days after she went missing from her home in Rochdale while she was running an errand for her mother.
In a police video played to the court the woman, now 41, described how she had been playing tig with a friend when the driver of a red taxi grabbed her and pulled her into his car.
“He just grabbed me and shut the door of the car,” she said. “I just said: ‘I want to go home now. Let me go’.”
The woman said the taxi driver, whom she described as having ginger hair and a bald patch, took her to an old, empty house and performed a sex act.
She said she escaped from the house after she kicked the man in the leg.
She went home to tell her mother what had happened.
Castree admitted abducting and sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl.
Castree sat in the dock wearing a shirt and tie, making notes throughout the evidence.
He denies murdering Lesley between October 4 and October 9, 1975.
An innocent man, tax clerk Stefan Kiszko, was convicted of her murder and spent 16 years in jail for a crime he did not commit, the jury has heard.
The trial continues.