Woman denies abusing schoolboys at her home
PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 October 2019
A pensioner has pleaded not guilty to abusing two schoolboys at her Clevedon home when she was in her 40s.
Delena Wells, aged 72, is charged with indecently assaulting one boy and six indecent assaults on a second.
Two complainants say they were targeted by Wells when they were under-age and she was in her 40s.
A friend of one of the complainants told Bristol Crown Court she and lots of her friends would visit Wells' cottage after school and at the weekends to watch Neighbours, smoke and drink alcohol.
The witness said: "I knew he was having a sexual relationship with Delena and I think she knew I knew.
"It was a very close relationship.
"It was always felt there was a secret or a shared joke nobody else knew about."
The witness said she had seen her friend in bed with Wells at the cottage.
She said Wells became 'obsessed' with him and wanted to know where he was going and what he was doing all the time.
She said: "Delena was always friendly.
"She wanted people at the cottage, but she could turn really nasty if it suited her.
"She could be quite controlling.
"When he wanted to get away, that's when it all turned really nasty.
"We were threatened by older boys who went up to the cottage."
The witness told the court Wells had followed her and her friend on a bus for several miles after the relationship had ended and she said they had felt 'scared' and 'intimidated'.
She said Wells' actions had a profound affect on her friend.
She added: "It affected him quite badly and he's struggled quite a lot.
"As we got older we realised the situation that happened and how serious it actually was, something you don't realise when you are younger."
Another witness, who was friends with the complainant, said he told her he had sex with Wells at the time.
She said: "He said they had started a sexual relationship.
"I knew it was wrong.
"It was something that wasn't supposed to be happening but I was 13 and didn't know what to do with that information."
Wells denies the offences and the trial is set to conclude at Bristol Crown Court later this week.