A TRACTOR driver accused of raping a five year old schoolgirl told a jury today the allegations were “malicious lies”.

Giving evidence in his own defence, Ian Brown told the High Court at Livingston he had no idea why the youngster had told police he had sexually abused her while she was in his care.

He claimed that a large quantity of his semen could have got onto her pink leggings because he used dirty clothing from his bedroom floor to clean himself after having sex with his girlfriend.

He said: “That’s the only thing I can think it could possibly be,” he said. “It would have been a dark room and I’ve not been paying attention. There’s always a pile of dirty clothes at the bottom of the bed.”

The jury earlier heard the youngster say in a joint investigative interview with police and social work that Brown had penetrated her “flower” with his penis and a black and gold vibrator and that he ejaculated over her leggings.

Brown, 35, of Dundas Street, Lochgelly, has pleaded not guilty to a charge, brought under Sections 18 and 19 of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 and is standing trial by jury at the High Court in Livingston.

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The prosecution alleges that he sexually abused the youngster at his girlfriend’s address in Cardenden, Lochgelly, between 1 January and 6 October 2019 before and after her sixth birthday.

He is charged with removing her lower clothing, kissing and licking her private parts and inducing her to masturbate him.

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In addition to two rape allegations – one involving making the youngster perform a sex act on him – the charge also states that he penetrated her with a sex toy and with his fingers, ejaculated on her body and told her not to tell anyone or the police.

DNA evidence presented by police forensic scientist Sarah Feesey, 51, on Wednesday showed that it was more than 1 billion times more likely that the semen on the youngster’s tights came from the accused rather than any other individual.

Sgt Nicola Wise, 30, who was a detective constable in Fife’s child protection unit said that when the girl was reluctant to be medically examined. She said: “She was trying to close her legs so the doctors couldn’t do the examination.

“They had to do it under anaesthetic a few days later.”

The girl’s 31-year-old mum – who can't be identified for legal reasons – videoed her daughter making the claims and sent the film to the police.

Michael Anderson, defending, told her Brown’s position was that the youngster had made things up and the mother had been the person behind her doing so.

He added: “To use a colloquialism, you’ve wound her up from the back to say these things.”

She replied: “I can’t tell a six year old to say what she said.”

The jury was shown a video of Brown’s interview under caution. He told detectives: “I never touched (the girl). This is all malicious.”

Asked about his partner’s sex toy, he told officers: “That’s for her. It’s nothing to do with me

"I have a good sex life. My missus is sex daft. We have sex once or twice a day.”

Challenging Brown about his version of events, advocate depute Chris Wilson said: “The truth of the matter is you did the various things libelled to this girl and you raped her ­ that’s why your semen was found on her leggings, isn’t it?”

Brown replied: “That’s lies!”

The trial before Lady Haldane, continues.