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Teenager told police she was forced to take tablets by Berinsfield man
10:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A TEENAGE girl told police she was forced to take diazepam tablets by a man who had sexually assaulted her, a jury heard.
Jamie Gardiner, of Colwell Road, Berinsfield, is on trial at Oxford Crown Court charged with administering a noxious or poisonous substance with intent, and two counts of indecent assault.
The 31-year-old father of two denies groping the same girl, who cannot be identified, between December 2011 and April 2012.
Justine Davidge, prosecuting, said Gardiner admits possessing diazepam, a Class C drug, but says he didn’t give it to the teenage complainant.
During her police interview, which was played to the jury, the girl said: “Jamie kept asking, telling me to take sleeping tablets.
“He was forcing me to take them, like he kept going on.”
Later in the interview she said: “He gave me like loads of sleeping tablets and I couldn’t remember anything.
“All I can remember is falling down the stairs, hitting my head and that’s it.”
Miss Davidge said Gardiner forced the teenager to take about six 10g tablets during the evening of April 13, making her drowsy for the next couple of days.
She added that when the incident was reported to police his alleged victim also said Gardiner had indecently assaulted her on two earlier occasions.
The trial continues.