Former rugby league player Graham Holroyd has told a jury how he felt “total shock” when police officers arrived at his home to quiz him about sex abuse allegations from more than 20 years ago.
The former Leeds, Halifax and Huddersfield player said he even thought it might have been “a wind up” because he had absolutely no idea about the claims which were being made against him.
The 38-year-old, who now lives in Manchester, told Bradford Crown Court that when he saw the police car pull up in January last year he initially thought it might have had something to do with his work as a mentor with young offenders.
“Obviously they asked me to go to the police station. I was in total shock,” Holroyd told the court.
During questioning by his barrister Simeon Evans Holroyd insisted that he had never sexually abused either of the complainants.
A woman who claims she was raped as a child by Holroyd denied jumping on the “bandwagon” by making allegations against him.
In a police interview the woman alleged that she was aged about seven and wearing her school uniform when Holroyd, himself a juvenile, raped her for the first time.
She claimed that Holroyd got on top of her after pulling her tights and knickers down, but he jumped up quickly when he heard a door opening.
The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, alleged that over a few years Holroyd raped her up to ten times, but she never screamed or cried out.
The court heard that the complainant had never told anyone about the alleged abuse until she heard about other allegations that Holroyd had also abused a young boy in 1980s.
She made her allegations to the police in January last year, but during questioning from Mr Evans she denied that the claims were motivated by hopes of receiving compensation.
“Did you decide to jump on (the other complainant’s) bandwagon when he started to make these allegations?” asked Mr Evans.
“No, not at all,” replied the woman.
“Might it even be a case that (the other complainant) asked you to come up with these allegations to support the allegations he was making?” suggested Mr Evans.
“Not at all,” said the woman.
“Might it be the case that you and (the other complainant) are hoping you will receive some compensation as a result of the allegations you have made against Graham,” asked Mr Evans.
“Not at all,” insisted the woman.
Mr Evans suggested that the complainant had not told anyone about the allegations because they didn’t happen, but she dismissed the idea that she had made them up in late 2012.
“The truth of the matter is that Graham never did anything to you of this sort did he. He never touched you in a sexual way,” said Mr Evans.
“He did,” replied the woman.
Holroyd has denied charges of rape and indecent assault in relation to the female complainant and two charges of indecent assault in relation to the male complainant.
All the offences are alleged to have been committed in the late 1980s and early 1990s when Holroyd was aged between 11 and 15.
The trial continues.