A WOMAN who claims she was raped and sexually abused as a child told jurors she was threatened by her abuser.

Restito Quiatchon is currently on trial accused of a string of offences alleging rape and sexual assault.

The 57-year-old of Spenlove Close, Abingdon, is charged with nine counts - four counts of rape, three sexual assaults, assault of a child by penetration and sexual activity with a child.

The offences are all alleged to have taken place in Oxford over nearly a decade, beginning in the mid-2000s, and involved one child, who is now a woman.

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As the trial continued at Oxford Crown Court today the alleged victim - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was quizzed by barristers from the witness box.

Alistair Grainger, who is defending Quiatchon, put to the woman that she would 'say anything to get him into trouble.'

She answered: "No, I am saying all of this purely because of everything that happened to me.

"I was not going to hide all of this.

"I know how much of a consequence this will be, I am not just going to go off and lie about something that has clearly happened to me."

She claimed that Quiatchon told her 'countless times' nobody would believe her and she told jurors he said to her 'you don't know what I can do to your family.'

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The defence put to her that no threats were made, an assertion she denied, and she answered: "There was a sword."

Mr Grainger said: "It was an ornamental sword, it was a gift."

The woman said: "It's still a sword."

Mr Grainger went on: "The simple fact is everything you have said about these allegations is untrue."

She replied: "They are all true."

She was also quizzed at court yesterday by prosecutor Stephen Shay about a scrapbook she wrote when she was a child and during the alleged abuse.

Earlier, the jury heard that the entries the woman had made at the time of the alleged abuse showed her 'unhappiness', despite not detailing the rapes or assaults.

Today, she told jurors the scrapbook was 'the outpourings because of abuse.'

She said: "There was so much going on and you can't express yourself to people because they don't understand, so you can only express it on paper because you are the only one who can see it."

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Jurors heard some of the writings in the scrapbook detailed her 'sadness and pain' .

Asked what was the cause of this she replied: "Obviously all of the things that was happening during that time [sic].

"I want to express it but I can't say what's happened, it gives me a lot of anxiety to think about.

"Not being able to tell anyone about what was going on, I was keeping this to myself for so many years."

Quiatchon denies all the charges and the trial continues.