Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ex-Pupil in Gregg Trial Tells Court: I Want Justice

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ex-Pupil in Gregg Trial Tells Court: I Want Justice

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk

AN ALLEGED sex abuse victim who says he was repeatedly molested by a teacher told a court he wants justice not compensation.

The man, now in his 60s, was just 14 when he says Colin Gregg sexually assaulted him in a series of alleged attacks.

A court heard Gregg, son of the founder of Gregg's the bakers, was a biology and chemistry teacher at prestigious Durham School and the complainant was a pupil.

He told jurors at Newcastle Crown Court he was molested in Gregg's study at the school and in his car.

The complainant said he joined Durham School as a boarder in the 1960s and claimed he was abused within months.

He told the court that it first happened after a biology lesson with Gregg in which the boy mentioned a local pond he knew about where insects walked on water.

The complainant said Gregg asked him to show him where it was and drove him there in his car.

He said: "When we came to a halt Mr Gregg leaned over and undid my trousers and he fondled me.

"At that point I absolutely froze. I'd never had anything like that done to me before. I was upset."

Asked why he didn't report it at the time, he said: "It's very difficult to explain. It's easy to speak about it in this court but it's difficult to speak to your friends or family about this sort of thing, so I never said anything. …

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