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Jury fail to reach verdict in sex case

PUBLISHED: 15:33 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 25 August 2010

A JURY were unable to reach a verdict about a man charged on five counts of indecently assaulting a child.

A JURY were unable to reach a verdict about a man charged on five counts of indecently assaulting a child.

Clifford Maughan-Taylor, 44, formerly of Wansunt Road, Bexley, appeared at Blackfriars Crown Court, accused of sexually abusing a girl aged between six and 10.

Earlier the court heard the girl claim the defendant made her perform oral sex on him. She said: "He wouldn't say anything. He knows I would keep it a secret.

"He would just be quiet, and have a fag. Maybe he would give me a hug or touch [my] breast. In 1998 I was about six years of age. At 10 I didn't think it was normal. I probably realised it was wrong."

The court heard how the first person the girl told about the alleged abuse was her brother in the Spring of 2006, when she was 14, whilst on their way to go swimming.

She asked him not to tell their mother but he later did.

Witnesses told the court: "[The girl] talked about sex constantly. She would talk about sex to anyone." Another said: "[The girl] absolutely adored Cliff. He meant everything to her. He did everything for her." Mr Maughan-Taylor, who is in custody waved to his family in the gallery when he appeared in court, clean shaven and wearing a dark suit. But the jury made up of eight women and four men could not reach a unanimous verdict last Thursday after deliberating for four hours and 20 minutes.

And on Tuesday, 10 were still undecided leading to a hung jury. The case has been scheduled for a discussion next Thursday before Judge Aiden Marron QC where the prosecution will decide if they will go for a re-trial.

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