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Sex case councillor is 'truthful'
Councillor Idris Jones
Idris Jones said the woman's claims were a 'tissue of lies'
An MP has told Cardiff Crown Court how a councillor accused of indecent assault, is "honest and truthful".

Idris Jones, 77, of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, denies putting his hands down the back of a 28-year-old constituent's jeans and trying to kiss her.

The woman claims the offence took place when she asked for help on finding a council house.

In a statement speaking out in defence of Mr Jones, Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd said he was also "dependable".

Her statement read: "I have known Idris Jones since I became MP for the Cynon Valley constituency. I have always found him to be dependable, honest and truthful."

The court heard that the 28-year-old complainant contacted Mr Jones for advice on finding a new council house, because she had been beaten up by her ex-partner who was living above her.

This is a tissue of lies. I'm 77 years old and I don't think about sex like that
Councillor Idris Jones

The mother-of-two said the veteran councillor called at her house and she lifted her jeans to her knees to show him bruising on her legs.

'Tissue of lies'

She claimed he then followed her around and put his hands down the back of her jeans while giving her a "sympathetic hug".

The woman alleges Mr Jones then slid his hands over her buttocks for a second time.

Mr Jones said the accusation was a lie and insisted he would never treat a woman like that.

He also claimed the woman invented the story in order to speed up her application for a new council house.

"This is a tissue of lies. I'm 77 years old and I don't think about sex like that," he said.

"I am a socialist and a Christian.

"And at my age I'm not going to destroy the trust so many people have in me by doing something like that - no way."

Also speaking in defence of Mr Jones - a school governor and trustee director of Victim Support and his local Crime Prevention Panel - was Vincent Price, director of the Cynon Valley Crime Prevention Society.

He told the hearing that he had known Mr Jones for 25 years and described him as "the perfect gentleman".

The jury has previously heard the woman has been charged three times this year for shoplifting and dishonestly trying to cash a neighbour's social security cheque.

The trial continues.

Councillor 'assault claim is lie'
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