By CHARLOTTE THOMSON
A former Shetland resident went on trial at the High Court in Aberdeen this week accused of committing sexual offences against two children.
Christopher Readings, 44, is claimed to have sexually assaulted the boy and girl on various occasions in Shetland between September 2008 and January 2010. He faces further charges of using lewd and libidinous practices and injuring the youngsters by assaulting them.
One alleged victim, a girl aged 12 at the time who cannot be named, said she was also forced to sexually “play” with the other boy during some of the incidents. She told the court that Readings sometimes hugged her when the alleged incidents were over.
The court heard the alleged offences came to light when the girl told her mother who called in police. She claimed Mr Readings “almost started crying” and apologised when she saw him afterwards.
Mr Readings, now of Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire, denies a number of charges including sexual assaults on a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy. The trial continues.