Boy gave evidence from beyond the grave in sex abuse trial
A boy who was allegedly raped and sexually abused by a care home worker gave evidence from beyond the grave yesterday.
Defendant Anwar Ismail looked on at Leicester Crown Court as 15-year-old Aaron Leafe accused him of the abuse in a police video he made two months before he apparently killed himself.
In the 93-minute recording, the teenager said he was forced into having sex with Ismail – his key care worker – in the male staff room at the Woodland Retreat children's home in Leicester.
In the harrowing video, recorded in April 2010, Aaron said: "Anwar always pressured me into having sex with him. I didn't want to do it.
"He gave me money. He bought me a flat. He let me drive his car. He bought me cigarettes and cannabis. I was scared of him. I just did what I was told. That's why I did it."
Prosecutor Mary Prior told the court Aaron took his own life in June 2010 by tying a curtain cord around his neck.
She said he left a note saying: "I can't get over what happened with me and Anwar. I hate him so much."