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'Just tell the truth' - alleged victim's plea to defendant; Witness sobs in emotional appearance.

Byline: James McCarthy james.mccarthy@walesonline.co.uk

AN ALLEGED victim of sexual abuse turned to the man she claimed attacked her and told him across a courtroom: "Please tell the truth."

Dale Wiegold, 39, denies 14 counts of sexual abuse, including two of rape, against two girls under 16.

In a highly unusual move, Judge Stephen Hopkins QC allowed the girl to speak directly to the defendant.

"Please tell the truth, but nothing but the truth," she said.

"I know you've done all these things, I'm 100% sure.

"I had to do this, I found this really hard to do and was really brave to tell my mother and father. Please tell the truth and it will be over and done with.

"You'll go to prison for a couple of months, it's up to the judge.

"Please tell the truth and it is over and done with."

The emotional message came after the witness broke down in tears after questioning by defence barrister Matthew Roberts at Cardiff Crown Court.

"I know I'm telling the truth," she said as she dabbed her eyes with a handkerchief.

The judge told her: "No-one here is trying to upset you. All Mr Roberts is doing is asking you questions on behalf of Dale."

Mr Roberts had put it to her that she was lying about Wiegold and suggested she had been told to lie by an acquaintance with a grudge. She denied this.

The court heard Wiegold, of Heol Aneurin, Caerphilly, told the girl to keep what had happened "a secret".

She agreed because if she told anybody she thought "it would embarrass him".

Mr Roberts put it to her that evidence she had given about Wiegold abusing her wearing nothing but a tea towel around his waist was wrong.

The jury heard the girl had been assaulted by Wiegold on or around Valentine's Day 2010 when she claimed the defendant had asked her to perform a sex act on him.

She claimed she had confessed to her mum what had happened after watching an episode of Crimewatch.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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