|Former Priest Accused of Sex Assaults Still Recognised by Alleged Victim
October 15, 2010
An alleged victim of an ex-priest accused of a string of sex offences in the West Midlands has told a jury that he still recognised his attacker's face almost five decades after being abused.
The man, now aged in his 60s, told jurors he had "carried" the face of James Robinson with him since being assaulted in Aldridge aged just 10 or 11.
The alleged victim told Birmingham Crown Court that Robinson, who denies molesting six boys between 1959 and 1983, had a "boxer's face" which he recognised in a media report.
Giving evidence in the second week of Robinson's trial, the man explained how he contacted West Midlands Police after seeing coverage of the 73-year-old's extradition from California to the UK last year.
The witness told the jury: "That was the first time I ever knew his (Robinson's) complete name. All my life I have seen his face - I have carried it all my life."
During his testimony, the man was asked by prosecutor Mohammad Hafeez if he had any doubts that Robinson was the man who attacked him.
The witness told the court: "My eldest son is in this court. I would stake my eldest son's life that it is James Robinson who abused me.
"He's been locked up in my head for 49 years - I have no shadow of any doubt."
Robinson, who was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1971, worked in churches in Staffordshire, Birmingham and Coventry until the mid-1980s, when he moved to California.
Standing trial under his full name of Richard John James Robinson, he denies a total of 22 charges, including 12 counts of indecent assault and three counts of indecency with a child. The case was adjourned until Monday.
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