Couple ‘sexually abused teenage girls and forced them into having threesomes’

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A couple allegedly sexually abused teenage girls, a court has heard.

Mark Aspin, 44, and Debbie Pickersgill, both from Hull, are accused of a total of 27 offences between them including child cruelty, engaging in sexual activity with a child and making indecent images of children.

Grimsby Crown Court heard after their alleged crimes were reported, the couple were interviewed – with Ms Pickersgill treated as a victim rather than a suspect at first, Hull Live reports.

She claimed to the police when she was interviewed for the first time in April this year how she would be forced to engage in threesomes with teenage girls and was scared he would beat her.

Forty-eight hours after the interview she was quizzed by police for a second time as a suspect.

From the witness box, an inspector from Humberside Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Person’s Unit read out evidence from Ms Pickersgill’s first police interview.

In it she claimed Mr Aspin tracked her phone and she “could not tell anyone what was happening” even after Mr Aspin admitted having sexual intercourse with a teenage girl, who he would also beat.

She said: “Sometimes I could hear him beating her up and having sex with her. I was too scared to do anything. I could hear him hitting her and her screaming.”

Ms Pickersgill told police how she would engage in threesomes with her then-partner and the girls out of fear of what he would do to her if she did not comply.

She said: “He would make me kiss and touch her [one of the victims]. She [the girl] didn’t say anything, she just complied with whatever was going on.

“Sometimes the covers would go over her and he [Mr Aspin] would ask, ‘Are you doing it?’ and I would say yes but I wasn’t. I felt sick.

“He had sex with her when I was there. It would happen once a month but I would try and persuade him not to. I used to pretend I was asleep but he would just wake me up.”

Ms Pickersgill told police she was terrified of what would happen to her if she ever reported the alleged crimes.

She said: “He would beat me up even when I made a cup of tea wrong. I could never do anything right. I hated him for what he was doing to me and I wanted to escape. I was scared I was going to be killed.”

Jurors were told Aspen targeted three teenage girls and beat them before using them for sex.

In one alleged incident a victim passed out.

The court was told when the girl woke up Mr Aspin said “oh she’s alright” and carried on.

Jurors heard how Ms Pickersgill had once attended a women’s centre and the police were called following an incident where Mr Aspin had turned violent. He was arrested but Ms Pickersgill withdrew her statement.

The trial continues.