THE mother of a woman, who claims she was sexually abused as a child, has denied suggestions that she wanted to make her daughter’s alleged molester “the most hated man in Huddersfield.’’

The woman, who cannot be identified to protect her daughter’s identity, was cross-examined by John Darby’s barrister on the second day of his trial at Bradford Crown Court.

Darby, of Woodhead Road, Berry Brow, has denied a series of sexual offences relating to the girl who claims she was indecently assaulted by him more than a decade ago.

When he was questioned by the police about the allegations Darby said they were part of a “vindictive campaign’’ against him and yesterday his barrister Jayne Beckett suggested that the mother and daughter had “got their heads together.’’

The mother rejected that suggestion and also denied telling a relative of Darby that she was going to make his life “a living hell.’’

Mrs Beckett also pointed out that at the time of the allegations another man was being hounded as a paedophile in the Almondbury area, but the mother rejected any suggestion that they had been jumping on the bandwagon.

“You’ve spoken about compensation haven’t you if she succeeds with these false allegations,’’ said Mrs Beckett.

“No,’’ said the mother.

Mrs Beckett suggested that the woman had used the allegations as part of her “hate campaign’’ against Darby and the plan was to ruin his life.

“Absolutely not, no way,’’ replied the complainant’s mother.

“To make him the most hated man in Huddersfield ... make his life a living hell that’s what this is all about,’’ said Mrs Beckett.

“No,’’ said the mother.

Darby, 42, has pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault and indecency with a child.

The trial continues.

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