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Occult couple previously jailed for child sex abuse, court told.

Byline: Antony Stone Reporter antony.stone@walesonline.co.uk

ACOUPLE accused of using devil worship to terrify a schoolgirl who was raped and regularly abused were jailed years later for sexually abusing other children in black magic rituals.

Carolee and Albert Hickman are jointly on trial accused of sex abuses on a child victim so traumatic she suppressed all memory of them for almost four decades.

Now aged 52 the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claims she was petrified of Hickman's supposed powers.

Carolee Hickman, 64, is accused of preying on the Bridgend schoolgirl, convincing her she was a witch in a powerful coven linked to devil worship.

The child sex abuse allegedly began in the early 1970s, when the schoolgirl was aged 11, and continued undetected for three years. Hickman was a housewife and her husband, now aged 65, was then an RAF mechanic at nearby St Athan.

He denies a single charge of rape. His wife denies aiding and abetting him and denies three counts of indecent assault.

Both have already been jailed for a string of child sex assaults in which black magic rituals played a part, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

Hickman was jailed for 10 years, reduced to eight on appeal, at Northampton Crown Court in 1982, after admitting five child sex abuse charges.

His wife was jailed for five years for a series of five similar charges including aiding and abetting him.

Both claim they have no memory of the schoolgirl, now a married mother, in the present case.

The jury has heard that her childhood best-friend was banned from setting foot inside the couple's home by her parents.

The girl's mother recounted how her husband, who also worked for the RAF, called in military investigators because of his concerns. Her daughter had started talking about Satan and bought a novel by popular author Dennis Wheatley, who wrote about the occult.

"I told her that no way should she be reading Dennis Wheatley. It was not the sort of thing that she should read at her age.

"I told my husband all about it because I was getting very concerned and he was really upset about it all. He said that he was going to see the (RAF) family welfare officer, and he did.

"Shortly afterwards Mr and Mrs Hickman left the area. I can't remember the date but it was quickly."

The jury also heard that when the couple's present home in Shrewsbury was raided in June 2012 it was filled with books on the occult.

Detective Constable Joanne Lewis, who headed the investigation, said: "They were on book shelves, all around the floor, on surfaces. Everywhere really."

The current alleged victim claims repressed memories of abuse resurfaced during bereavement counselling after the death of a son.

The trial continues.

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