Teens were 'groomed'
A COUPLE groomed and sexually abused teenage girls during parties at their Huddersfield home, a jury was told yesterday.
Stewart Hannah, 42, and his wife Nichola, 45, are accused of molesting four girls, one of whom says that she was made to wear suspenders and a mini skirt before being groped by Nichola Hannah.
She told police that she was "freaked out" and "disturbed" as Nichola Hannah watched her struggle to put them on and then said that she "wanted to throw up" as the woman then walked around naked.
Caroline Wigin, prosecuting, told the Bradford Crown Court jury that the couple would hold regular Friday night parties at their house on Wakefield Road, Scissett, when the girls who were aged about 16 at the time, were allowed to drink alcohol.
Miss Wigin said that the earliest complaint stemmed from an alleged incident on New Year's Eve, 2005 when Nichola took one of the girls up to her bedroom to try on some clothes.
When the girl said no Hannah got annoyed and told her to do it, the court heard.
In a video interview with police the girl said that as she struggled to put the suspenders on Hannah had become frustrated until she got off the bed to help her.
The complainant said that Hannah had then indecently touched her.
"She was trying to do it without me realising, trying to make it look accidental," she told police.
Miss Wigin told the court that Hannah had bags of knickers and stockings and at later party got another girl to try on a skirt.
When that teenager went back downstairs she sat on Stewart Hannah's knee and he is alleged to have tried to put his hand down her top and down her trousers.
Another girl had been drinking vodka and Tia Maria and claims that Nichola tried to kiss her whilst her husband was sitting in a chair touching himself.
A fourth girl said that Nichola Hannah had got her to put on a mini skirt and later that same night Stewart Hannah had pinned her to a bed.
When they were interviewed by police the couple admitted to having the parties and said that they had befriended the girls because they were concerned about them.
Nichola Hannah, who has denied four counts of sexual assault, claimed that the girls had been coming on to her but says that she was not interested.
Her husband, who has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of the same charge denied that there had been any sexual touching.
He admitted that he had pinned one girl to the bed but said that was so someone else could tickle her.
None of the complainants can be identified for legal reasons.
Miss Wigin told the jury that the couple had been grooming the girls so that they could sexually abuse them.
She said: "What the Crown says is during these parties the Hannahs used the opportunity of having the young girls in the house to indecently assault them."
The trial continues.