World-renowned harpist ‘took boy’s virginity’

A world-renowned harpist took a schoolboy’s virginity before her boyfriend sexually assaulted him, a court has heard.

Danielle Perret, who has played for the Queen and several prime ministers, is accused alongside her former partner of sexually abusing the boy when he was in his teens in the 1980s.

The pair deny all charges.

The alleged victim told Ipswich Crown Court substitute teacher Richard Barton-Wood, now 68, introduced him to Perrett, now 59, who was his girlfriend.

He said Barton-Wood took him to a harp recital where Perett was performing before they all went back to her flat and he went to her bed to go to sleep.

“I wasn’t asleep, I was lying there trying to get off to sleep when Danielle came into the room,” he said.

She got undressed and got into bed with him, he said.

“It was one of the first times I had seen a female naked; I think it was the first time,” he added.

She “cuddled” him, got on top of him and had sex with him, he said.

William Carter, prosecuting, asked: “What reactions can you remember about this happening?”

The alleged victim said: “Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, nothing like this ever happened to me.”

He said he felt “in love with her, I felt safe with her”.

After having sex he was “drifting off to sleep” when a naked Barton-Wood came into the room, got into the bed and indecently assaulted him.

He said he “absolutely hated” it.

Asked if all three were naked at the time, the alleged victim said: “Yes.”

Richard Barton-Wood is accused of sexually abusing the man

Image: Richard Barton-Wood is accused of sexually abusing the man

He said Perrett then performed a sex act on him in the shower the next morning which he thought was “nice, lovely, amazing”.

He later told his sister what happened.

“I told her my first ever occasion was with Danielle. I lost my virginity with Danielle,” he said.

He said he had sex with Perrett on a number of further occasions and Barton-Wood sexually abused him on camping and sailing trips.

Asked if he could remember when he last heard from Perrett, he said: “Richard told me she had got a new boyfriend and had moved to Italy, and I was quite upset.”

Years later he said he tracked Barton-Woods down and confronted him about the alleged sexual abuse.

He later contacted Perrett after seeing her name on a list of musicians.

The alleged victim gave his evidence last week but for legal reasons it could not be reported until now.

He described to the jury what Perrett looked like naked, but Sallie Bennett-Jenkins, counsel for Perrett, suggested the incidents did not happen and he had an “overactive teenage imagination”.

She gave jurors a photo of Perrett’s breasts, saying she had “pale, pink nipples”.

The alleged victim said: “I remember her having dark nipples.”

Perrett, of Bridge Street, Alpheton, Suffolk, denies eight counts of indecently assaulting a boy.

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Barton-Wood, of Church Street, Wymondham, Norfolk, denies six counts of indecently assaulting a boy, one count of attempting to indecently assault a boy and one count of attempting to commit the act of buggery.

The trial continues.