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Drummer ridicules sex charges
David Holland
David Holland is being tried at Northampton Crown Court
A former rock star has told a court that claims he attempted to rape a special needs teenager while giving drum lessons are ridiculous.

David Holland, 55, of The Green, Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire, a former drummer for the rock band Judas Priest, denies one charge of attempted rape and five counts of indecently assaulting the young man.

His co-accused, Spiros Laouitaris, 22, of Bourne Crescent, Kings Heath, Northampton, denies four charges of indecent assault.

At Northampton Crown Court on Monday, Mr Holland said he had formed a friendship with the 18-year-old, and had invited him to his house on several occasions.

Pornographic videos

Mr Holland said the teenager had been allowed to drink and smoke at his house and watch videos but said no sexual advances had been made towards him.

He said he had never touched the young man inappropriately or had sex with him.

He admitted owning pornographic films, but denied showing them to the teenager.

He said he had thought the teenager was bisexual and had told him of his own bisexual background, but denied having any sexual motives for befriending him.

'It was affection'

Mr Holland said: "He was aware that I am bisexual. I believed that he was of the same persuasion as myself.

"He was very fond of me, the same as I was of him.

"He would even tell me I was his best friend. He would tell me that he loved me. It wasn't a sexual thing, it was affection.

"There might have been the odd hug or something like that.

"I know it is politically incorrect nowadays but kids like to be shown a bit of affection."

Maria Savvides, prosecuting, told the court that the alleged abuse was revealed in a letter written by the teenager to his parents on 14 December, 2002.

She told the court the teenager said he had been asked to shower by Mr Holland and then forced to take part in a sexual act.

Arranged the visits

Mr Holland said he asked the teenager to take a shower one afternoon as he smelled strongly of alcohol and tobacco.

He denied having any sexual desires towards the youngster.

Nicola Cafferkey, for Mr Laouitaris, alleged that Mr Holland had arranged the visits of her client and the teenager to instigate sex between the three.

Mr Holland said: "Don't be ridiculous, madam, I resent the innuendo."

The trial was adjourned until Tuesday.

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