Corey Phillips bowed his head when his indictments were read out to Oxford Crown Court at the start of his trial yesterday (Monday, January 8).
The 20-year-old is facing several counts of child sex crimes against a boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, under the age of 13.
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He has denied two counts of rape and three counts of causing or inciting the boy to engage in sexual activity between March 1, 2018, to September 24, 2020.
But he has pleaded guilty to three counts of sexually abusing the victim.
Judge Michael Gledhill KC described Phillips, of Wincey View, Oxford, as a “relatively young looking man” as he appeared behind the dock.
Speaking about the victim, Edward Lucas for the Crown Prosecution Service told the jury: “He was sexually abused at the hands of this defendant who was quite a lot older than him.”
He claimed Phillips had “bribed” his victim into performing sexual acts, including with turns playing on his video game console.
“He (the victim) deserved better than being sexually abused by this defendant in the way that he was,” said Mr Lucas.
“He didn’t want to tell his mother because he thought he was the one in trouble.
“He did tell his mother and she informed the NSPCC and then contacted the police.
“The defendant was arrested on July 15, 2023, and when he was interviewed and all these allegations were put to him. No comment.
“Why would he lie about this? Or is this just a clear example of this defendant trying to wriggle out of the more serious allegations?”
James Oliveira-Agnew, representing Phillips, said his client denied all five of the indictments that he had been charged with.
Yesterday’s proceedings started later than expected with a previous sentencing overrunning amid the traffic chaos caused by flooding in Oxford.
During the trial, Judge Gledhill told the jury he had been late arriving to court that day and urged them to leave themselves plenty of time.
“I have no idea what was going on with the traffic this morning,” he said. “I suspect you were as late as me.
“I came in from the west, and I could have walked from Eynsham faster than it took me to drive.”
The trial, which is expected to conclude this week, continues.