A SUSPECTED sex attacker denies raping the same girl four times, once in a Worcester alley next to a primary school when she was just nine years old.

Wayne Russell watched from the dock as his accuser recounted the alleged rapes in police video-recorded interviews, played to a jury at Worcester Crown Court yesterday.

The 49-year-old has pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape, said by the prosecution to have taken place between January 2010 and January 2016 at various locations in Worcester, including in an alleyway between Green Lane and Astwood Cemetery, inside the defendant's Tolladine flat and in two city parks.

Russell of Lilac Avenue, Tolladine, Worcester, has pleaded not guilty to the rape of a child under 13 between January 19, 2010 and January 18, 2012.

He further denies committing a second rape between January 19, 2013 and January 18, 2015, a third rape between January 19, 2015 and January 18, 2016 and a fourth between January 19, 2015 and January 18, 2016. The girl would have been under the age of 16 throughout the period covered by the indictment.

Simon Phillips, prosecuting, opened the case to the jury, telling the panel that the first rape happened in an an alleyway between Green Lane and Astwood Cemetery when the girl had gone to buy some cigarettes for her nan.

Mr Phillips told them the complainant said Russell had pulled down her trousers and underwear before carrying out the alleged rape which she believes took place outside a school and within sight of the school buildings.

The complainant said Russell spoke to her after the alleged attack, telling her that if she told a member of her family what had happened he would say she touched him first.

She said another rape happened in the city's Cripplegate Park, another in Brickfields Park and another in the defendant's Tolladine flat after she smoked cannabis and drank alcohol.

Russell attended a voluntary interview on March 20, 2018 where he provided a prepared statement. He said the allegations had to be read out to him 'as I cannot read myself'.

In the statement Russell denied raping on the complainant 'at all'.

In his opening Mr Phillips said further questions were asked of Russell 'but he remained silent'.

Russell submitted a defence statement on September 5, 2019, denying that any of the rapes took place or 'ever going to Brickfields or Cripplegate parks' with the complainant. He also said she had never been to his flat.

Yesterday a video interview with the complainant, recorded on January 5, 2018, was played in several parts to the jury of seven women and five men.

The complainant, 17 at the time of the interview, did not answer some of the questions put to her by police but used drawings of the body to point out what she says Russell did to her and on occasion, after a long silence, was asked to write details down. At one stage officers gave the complainant a Rubik's cube in an attempt to calm her.

She said the first rape happened halfway down the alley, telling police: "We had sex but I didn't want to."

The complainant told officers she believed she was nine or 10 years old at the time and she remembered 'looking at the school' while the alleged rape was happening, the defendant standing behind her.

After the alleged rape the complainant said: "He pushed me on the floor."

The jury was told this resulted in her hurting her arm and cutting her leg.

She described another alleged rape when she was 14 or 15 years old in the defendant's Tolladine flat after she had smoked cannabis and drunk Strongbow.

Referring to herself as 'stoned' and 'tipsy' at the time of the alleged rape, the complainant recounted how Russell held her down on her back by the wrists and told her the sex was 'payment for letting me stay'.

Asked how it made her feel she said: "Terrible."

An officer asked her if Russell knew she did not want to have sex with him and she replied 'yes'.

At one stage she told officers: "I've tried to block it out."

The complainant also told officers about a further alleged rape in Cripplegate Park when she was 12 or 13 years old.

"The same thing happened again" she said.

She says another alleged rape happened in Brickfields park after Russell had bought two bottles of Lambrini. Afterwards she said she was left alone in the park with a bottle of Lambrini and some tobacco.

The alleged victim's nan was later contacted by police and told by them that her granddaughter 'had been found drunk in Brickfields Park' and was 'admitted to hospital as a result'.

Jason Aris represents Russell. The case is being heard by Judge Nicolas Cartwright.

The trial continues.