Summing up in Trial of Vicar Accused of Molesting Children

This Is Plymouth
September 23, 2010

THE trial of a vicar who stands accused of molesting children more than 30 years ago when he was a teacher was due to enter day nine today.

The jury in the trial of 61-year-old James Andrew Christopher Wilson heard a large portion of the 'summing up' of the prosecution's case at Plymouth Crown Court yesterday.

They are expected to hear the rest of the summing up of the prosecution's case today and also the summing up of the defence case, before deciding upon a verdict.

Wilson, who is Rector and Rural Dean of Calstock, denies 16 counts of indecently assaulting 11 children under the age of 13.

He taught at Pennycross Primary School in Plymouth in the 1970s and 1980s, was ordained in 1982 and became a full-time priest in 1985.

The court has already heard, over the past eight days, from alleged victims, as well as character witnesses for Wilson and Wilson himself.

The public gallery in Plymouth Crown Court was packed with people yesterday as they waited to hear the outcome of the trial, which continues today.

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