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Steven Oxborrow trial: New Milton man 'sick in my bin' after being sent naked pics of girl

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A NEW Milton man accused of raping a child has told a court he did not ask for the naked pictures his alleged victim sent him.

When he went into the witness box, Steven Oxborrow (33) also told Southampton Crown Court he had not committed offences against a total of three girls.

The prosecution claims he raped the first victim in a toilet and told her elaborate stories, including that ninja assassins could get her and she had to swap saliva with him as part of a ritual.

Steven Oxborrow
Steven Oxborrow

Defence barrister Mark Florida-James asked Oxborrow if he had ever had any sexual contact with the first alleged victim, and his client said: “No, I did not.”

Oxborrow said: “I spoke to her about my childhood when she mentioned about her being bullied and I said I had been bullied as well at school.

“As a child I never made many friends. I had invisible friends to play with in my garden and she said she had those in her head. I said there was nothing wrong about that.”

There were naked photographs of the girl found by police on Oxborrow’s laptop, but he said she had sent them to him after the girl’s mum had told him her child had a “crush” on him.

“Those photos were sent by her and I had never asked for those kinds of photos,” he said. “When I first saw them on the computer I was sick in my own bin in my room.

“I did not want to see them again.”

Mr Florida-James asked Oxborrow why he did not delete the images. The defendant replied that he thought doing so would make him look guilty.

“I was very scared. I had never seen it in my life before – a 12-year-old sending those types of photos. I did not ask for those. I told her not to send those types of photos again.”

Oxborrow denied doing anything inappropriate with the second alleged victim, telling his barrister it “never happened”.

The defendant claimed other people were present at the times of the alleged offences.

Oxborrow added he had been asked by the mother of the third alleged victim to take pictures of the daughter, which he had done and nothing inappropriate happened.

He had made a “den” with her outside of his back garden, he admitted, and warned her about the family dog because it did not like children.

Oxborrow said he had no ulterior motive taking the pictures and had done so “out of kindness”.

Indecent images were found by police on two laptops officers seized from Oxborrow’s house, the court has heard.

Oxborrow said he had attended a special needs school and lacked the intelligence to operate a computer beyond using Microsoft Word.

He bought the laptops from a Bournemouth pawn shop to use for his DJ’ing, he said, adding others had used it and naming other DJs and former work colleagues.

Asked if he was the person who had accessed and kept indecent images on those laptops, he replied: “I was not.”

The court has heard Oxborrow was a sports instructor who had been CRB checked and had not come to the attention of police before the alleged offences.

The Wilverley Road resident denies 12 separate charges, including raping a child under 13, two of sexual assault of a child, five counts of sexual activity with a child, sexual assault and three matters relating to indecent images.

They are alleged to have happened between January 2005 and June 2012.

The trial continues.

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