Former Winchester teacher accused of sex abuse, court hears

Richard Hilary during his time at Chamberlayne Park school

Richard Hilary during his time at Chamberlayne Park school

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A FORMER Winchester PE teacher, who went on to become the head of a major secondary school, has gone on trial for sex offences against a teenager during the late 1970s. Richard Hilary indecently assaulted a 15-year-old girl in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral under cover of darkness, the city’s crown court heard yesterday. In her evidence, the alleged victim told how the defendant asked her to meet him by the Buttercross after school on a rainy, December night, then took her to a quiet area in the Outer Close beneath a tree, where the incident took place. “We stood under the a yew tree and the cars were coming round the corner so we moved so we were in the shade,” she said. She said that immediately afterwards she secretly followed Hilary, only to find him happily chatting with his wife at the stall she owned inside the building which houses the Kings Walk Antique Market. “He was having a hot drink and laughing and joking with his wife,” she said. “I walked home in a daze. I just locked it away.” She tearfully described how, on another day, the then 28-year-old picked her up in his white Austin Allegro car, took her to the Farley Mount beauty spot and physically forced her to commit a sex act on him, which left her retching. But in response to this Hilary called her a “silly girl”. “Almost the worst thing was that he started to laugh at me,” she added. She said he also ended up “sort of laughing” when he discovered during the third incident that she was wearing childish “girly knickers” and then stopped lying on top of her. At the time of the alleged assaults, Hilary was a PE teacher at Winchester’s at Montgomery of Alamein Secondary School, now part of Kings’ School. Recently married, he was then living with his wife in a flat in Kings Worthy, to which he also took the teenager “to make up for all the bad things he had done”. “I asked him why he was with me when he had really only just got married,” said the alleged victim. “He said I reminded him of his girlfriend when he was in America doing a masters. The girl was the love of his life but he’d had to leave her behind.” The witness said that when she discovered many years later that Hilary was a headteacher she considered visiting Southampton’s Chamberlayne Park School in Weston to confront him. “He took advantage of me and, on two specific occasions, did things I now realise were abuse,” she said. Prosecuting counsel Matthew Jewell said the alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was too young to consent to the acts with which Hilary is charged. Hilary, 63, of Northend Lane, Droxford, denies three counts of indecent assault between December 1977 and December 1979. Proceeding.

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