Woman felt she had ‘nothing left’ after being raped as a child in South Yorkshire a court hears

Jason Gardside is on trial
Jason Gardside is on trial

A woman in her 30s told police she felt like she had ‘nothing left’ after being raped as a nine-year-old girl in South Yorkshire, a court heard.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said Jason Garside, now aged 43, of Thicket Drive, Maltby, near Rotherham, raped her on two occasions and indecently assaulted her.

In a police interview in 2011, played to jurors at Sheffield Crown Court this week, she said Garside raped and sexually assaulted her.

Garside denies two counts of rape and five counts of indecent assault between 1989 and 1994 in a village near Maltby.

The court heard the victim would play in the village with other children and Garside, then aged in his late teens/early 20s, ‘showed an interest’ in her and was ‘nice’.

She said that once, when she was aged eight, Garside kept whispering to her, asking if he could touch her.

She said: “I was confused by what he meant and kept saying no.”

The court heard Garside kept asking her to a nearby den in the woods and eventually she agreed.

The victim said that, after her brother and his friend left the den, Garside offered cigarettes to her and a friend who was the same age.

The court heard Garside exposed himself to the girls and sexually assaulted them while touched himself – only stopping when the victim’s dad came looking for her.

The victim said: “I knew it was wrong because he pulled away and said ‘don’t say anything, you’ll get into trouble’.”

The court heard how, in a separate incident, Garside asked the girl back to his house to pump up a football she was playing with.

She said that when she got there Garside ran his hands down her front and said to her ‘do you remember what we did in the den? Would you like to do it again?’.

The next thing she said she remembered is she was naked, had her eyes covered and couldn’t move.

Garside allegedly then raped her, with the victim describing it as the ‘worst incident’.

Jurors were also told Garside came into her house on another occasion and sexually assaulted her.

The victim said she was raped again by Garside while she played hide and seek in a derelict shed.

She said: “I felt there was nothing left of me anymore, I felt like I wasn’t there, I tried to forget.”

The victim said that at the age of 15, she began suffering from depression and told her Dad about the ‘den’ incident.

The trial continues.