老师, 58, at £15,000-a-year Bournemouth Collegiate School accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl, before telling her ‘well done’ breaks down in tears as he tells a jury ‘I know I didn’t do these things’
A private school teacher who is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl broke down in tears as he told a jury ‘I didn’t do these things’.
Philip Mulcahy, who is known as Mark, is on trial for allegedly abusing the girl over a two year period at the £15,000 a year Bournemouth Collegiate School.
Mulcahy, 58, is accused of making the schoolgirl stay behind after class before touching her beneath the table and then telling her ‘well done’.
On other occasions the girl described how he allegedly touched her under her bra and underwear.
She said the married teacher also cornered her in a hotel lift on a school trip and assaulted her.
He has gone on trial at Bournemouth Crown Court where he denies three counts of sexual assault.
The history teacher and rugby coach broke down in tears as he told a jury that the incidents ‘never happened’ and he could not understand why he was being accused.
He said he was surprised the police only interviewed him once about the allegations and claimed officers did not corroborate his version of events by speaking to other teachers on the trip.
Philip Mulcahy (图为), who is known as Mark, is on trial for allegedly abusing a teenage girl over a period of two years at the £15,000 a year Bournemouth Collegiate School
Mulcahy, 58, is accused of making the schoolgirl stay behind after class at the private school (图为) before touching her beneath the table and then telling her ‘well done’
他告诉法庭: ‘I put my faith in the police, I trusted them to carry out a proper investigation.’
Jodie Mittell, 起诉, previously told the jury the teacher ‘frequently and repeatedly’ abused the girl on school premises.
她说: ‘In an interview with police she struggled to find the words to explain what had happened so the (police officer) asked her some questions.
‘When asked which teacher had touched her she named Mr Mulcahy. When asked what happened, she said he would keep her behind after class.
‘She was invited to write down the names of the body parts he had touched. She wrote three words – 腿, breast and waist. She agreed that it had happened lots of times.
‘She said it happened in the history room while she was sitting at her chair.
‘She said he kept her in because he needed to have a word with her. She related that he said she was doing well in class.
‘He got closer and closer to her. In her words he lifted her skirt up and touched her thigh area.
'他说, “thank you and well done,” and let her go.’
The court heard Mulcahy had volunteered as a rugby coach for 33 years and worked with the RFU’s London and South East division development team before moving to Dorset.
He specialised in coaching young up-and-coming rugby players and also helped run camps for pre-selection for the England teams, coaching Jonny Wilkinson and former England national rugby sevens captain Simon Amor.
He said he had undergone regular safeguarding checks due to his job and hobby and had never failed a check.
He told police he was ‘totally gobsmacked’ when he was first arrested after the girl confided in an adult.
Mulcahy, who has three adult daughters and is married to an NHS midwife, told the court he had ‘no recollection’ of being alone with the girl at any time and claimed the alleged abuse did not happen.
Asked about his arrest he said: ‘I felt very shocked.
‘I was trying to think of every possible pupil, was there anything I could have done or said, has something been misconstrued? But I couldn’t think of anything.
‘When I got home all my family was waiting for me. I remember going to the bedroom with my wife and breaking down in tears.
‘The school came the next day and suspended me. I was angry because I knew I had not done anything wrong, I just wanted to get on with my life.’
The history teacher and rugby coach broke down in tears as he told a jury that the incidents ‘never happened’ and he could not understand why he was being accused. He said he was surprised the police only interviewed him once about the allegations and claimed officers did not corroborate his version of events by speaking to other teachers on the trip
Speaking about the school trip he said: ‘I never found myself alone with [the complainant] during that trip. It never happened.’
Wiping away tears in the witness box, Mulcahy was asked why he was crying.
他说: ‘Because I know I didn’t do these things.’
The court heard Mulcahy has also been suspended from all RFU activities.
He said this felt like he had lost a part of him and felt very isolated.
他说: ‘I have no idea why I have been singled out.
‘It’s caused a lot of stress and worry for my family and had a financial impact. It’s been a very difficult time.’
Mulcahy denies three counts of sexual assault.