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Former football coach from Downham appears in court accused of molesting boy

A former football coach from Downham has gone on trial accused of sexually abusing a young boy during sleepovers more than three decades ago.

It was alleged today that David Hinman, 70, had shared a single bed with the boy, and molested him on a number of occasions in the 1980s.

Former delivery driver, Hinman, of Poplar Close, Downham, pleaded not guilty at Inner London Crown Court to four counts of indecently assaulting the boy between 1981 and 1985 at an address in Rye Hill Park, Peckham.

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The court was told that Hinman, who coached a south London team in the early 1980s, told police the allegations were put to him that they were untrue.

In his video-recorded interview the 48 year-old complainant, who played for the team, claimed the abuse occurred when he was aged between 11 and 14.

“I thought he was a friendly guy, a friendly football manager,” he told the jury. “He built my family’s confidence up in him."

The complainant said he had ended up sharing a bed with Hinman and woke up to find himself being inappropriately touched.

He told the court: "I said: ‘What are you doing?’ and he stopped."

He also testified there had been a further occasion when he was molested by Hinman, who also worked as a DJ at the time.

Grace Ong, prosecuting, told the court the complainant did not report Hinman at the time, but came forward to the NSPCC after reading a news report in 2017 regarding historic abuse involving football coaches.

Hinman was said to have repeatedly called the boy “gorgeous” and “handsome”, the court heard.

He was arrested in April 2017 after police traced him, despite having changed his name.

“He said it was all nonsense and made up and he denied the allegations,” said Ms Ong.

“He said the boy stayed overnight once and they had to sleep in the same bed because he refused to share with his brother.”

The trial continues.

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