A MOTHER whose daughter claims that she was sexually abused by a Huddersfield couple has told a jury that she wanted to move away from the area after the allegations came to light.
The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her daughter, told Bradford Crown Court that "it seemed like a good time to be somewhere else", after her teenage girl said that she had been abused by Stewart and Nicola Hannah.
The trial has been told that the Hannahs would throw Friday night parties at their home at Wakefield Road, Scissett, to which teenagers would flock.
The couple have been accused of molesting some of the girls and the jury has heard how one girl was made to dress up in stockings and suspenders before being groped by Nicola, 45.
The mother of one of the complainants yesterday told the court that her daughter had to change schools for a fresh start partly because of the allegations. The change had not gone well and she has since left.
She told the court that she had bumped into the mother of another girl who made a complaint against the Hannahs.
She told the jury: "I know how she felt and I could see that she was absolutely devastated by what her daughter was telling her."
She added: "When something like this happens it does not just happen to the victim it affects the whole family in the long term in loads of ways you would not expect."
When Nicola Hannah was interviewed she told police that one of the girls had come on to her but said that she "did not go for girls."
She added that one of the complainants had kissed her as they were dancing in the kitchen and told officers: "I'm not interested, therefore any of them can kiss me any way they want. It doesn't mean a thing to me."
Hannah said that the girl would come to their house because she needed someone to talk to, but denied that she had ever inappropriately touched any of them and said that she had not seen her husband abuse any of them.
She also refuted suggestions that she had been walking around naked adding: "I'm not that sick."
Nicola Hannah has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and Stewart, 42, has denied seven counts of the same charge.
The charges relate to four teenage girls none of whom can be identified for legal reasons.
The trial continues.