A FEMALE 'sexual predator' now aged 72 abused underage boys at her cottage after plying them with booze and cigarettes, a court heard.

Delena Wells, of Carterton, is accused of performing a sex act on one boy and having repeated intercourse.

She denies the allegations, which were said to have taken place in Clevedon, North Somerset, three decades ago.

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A jury at Bristol Crown Court was told she invited the first boy to come over to drink cider, smoke and watch TV.

But, on one occasion, she then asked him to watch a sex video - before leading him to the bedroom.

Donald Tait, prosecuting, said: "The crown suggests that this lady, born in 1947, in her younger days was a sexual predator.

"In interview, [the man] said he enjoyed the attention she bestowed on him.

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"He said further sexual activity took place between them on perhaps hundreds of occasions. It stopped around about his 15th birthday.

"He was told, bearing in mind he was a boy, not to tell anyone about what was going on otherwise he would end up in prison. As a young lad he believed this."

The court heard after the boy stopped seeing Wells he confided with a number of people what had happened before reporting her to police.

Wells denied any intimacy took place between them and described him as "delusionary and a fantasist".

Jurors were told that the police then traced a second, independent complainant.

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He said he was at Wells' home when she talked about "girls being frigid but women not being frigid".

He said after drinking Special Brew they were on Wells' sofa when she molested him. He said she then undid his trousers before performing a sex act on him.

He added: "I didn't try and fight her off" - but said he was sick in the toilet after the encounter.

He also claimed that Wells later simulated oral sex with a horse's lead, which embarrassed him.

He denied making his allegation just to bolster the other boy's complaint. His wife described him as honest and reliable and said he "just went quiet" over difficult issues.

Wells, now of Carterton, Oxon, denies indecently assaulting one boy and six indecent assaults on a second.

The trial continues.