|Pastor Accused of Sex Attack
By John Coles
October 5, 2010
A CHURCH pastor accused of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl told a jury today: "It was a banana in my pocket."
David Morris, 60, said the 12-year-old could have mistaken the fruit for his penis as he sat next to her during an English lesson.
The pastor, at Carmarthen Evangelical Church in west Wales, said he was in the habit of putting a banana in his pocket and it was possible the youngster had accidentally felt it.
Prosecutor Geraint Walters QC told the court: "He said one thing he would do from time to time was to carry a banana in his trouser pocket.
"He said it's possible that is what the girl mistook for his erect penis."
The victim, now 26, alleges that Morris placed her hand on his crotch area during a private tutoring lesson.
Mr Walters said Morris became "quite tactile and touchy" during the classes.
He said: "It progressed to tickling on her hand, arm and up her back."
Swansea Crown Court heard he then took her hand and placed it on his groin where she felt a lump.
The alleged victim and her fiance arranged to meet Morris years later at a motorway service station to confront him about the allegations.
She said: "He arrived and went to sit down. He stood up and took a banana out of his pocket and put it down on the table."
She told jurors that Morris then told her: "This is what you must have felt."
The woman told the court that on the day of the alleged assault she told her mother about it but nothing was done apart from her tutoring being stopped.
She said her family's relationship with Morris continued and that her mother "absolutely adored him".
The woman also claimed that on a different occasion when she was aged 12 or 13 Morris took her and her sister underwear shopping in Swansea after buying them cider at a pub.
Morris, of Llanpumsaint, Carmarthenshire, denies indecently assaulting the girl between December 1995 and December 1996.
The trial continues.
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