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  • Dawn Love, 57, accused of sexually assaulting 15-year-old girl in her car
  • Court heard she then took the teenager to McDonald's to 'buy her silence'
  • Love also allegedly offered to take girl to see Mrs Brown's Boys as a 'bribe' 
  • She denies sexual assault and is on trial at Guildford Crown Court 

By Joseph Curtis For Mailonline

Published: 14:12 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 14:12 EDT, 20 March 2017

Dawn Love, pictured, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl before 'driving her to McDonald's and buying her a McChicken meal' to 'buy her silence' Dawn Love, pictured, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl before 'driving her to McDonald's and buying her a McChicken meal' to 'buy her silence'

Dawn Love, pictured, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl before 'driving her to McDonald's and buying her a McChicken meal' to 'buy her silence'

A transgender woman 'bribed' a 15-year-old girl with McDonald's fast food after sexually assaulting her and then offered to take to her to see Mrs Brown's Boys, a court hard.

Dawn Love, 57, offered to give the schoolgirl a lift home in Camberley, Surrey in 2014 before groping her, a jury at Guildford Crown Court was told.

She then drove to McDonald's restaurant, where she bought the girl a McChicken meal at the Drive Thru before taking her home.

Days later, Love is said to have sent a text message to the girl which read: 'Do you like Mrs Brown's Boy's? Do you want to come with me to watch it? I will pay you.'

Prosecutor Richard Elliott told the court: 'The complainant was out walking in Camberley, Surrey, close to the train station and was going to get a bus home. Ms Love was in her car and pulled up and asked the complainant if she wanted a lift.'

The prosecutor added: 'Dawn Love then, with her hand, started to stroke the complainant's legs, over her clothes, up towards her thigh.

'The complainant made it clear that she didn't want this to continue and Ms Love raised her hand to the complainant's side and then started rubbing, through her clothes, close to her breasts. Shen then clasped her breasts over her clothes and after all this she took her to McDonald's.

'She said she could have whatever she wanted, though within reason. The complainant did say afterwards that she, the word she used was 'bribe', and I in fact think the complainant was right about that - here's some food, keep quiet about this.'

Love, who was born a man but underwent a transgender operation in 2003, also groped the victim on another occasion, the court heard.

Love went to the alleged victim's home the next day, June 5, and grabbed her when another family member left the room.

Mr Elliot added: 'She pulled up the victim's top and kissed her stomach. The complainant tried to force her off but unfortunately Ms Love was too strong and it only stopped when they heard a noise. It lasted about two minutes.'

On June 7 Love arrived at the alleged victim's home again and offered to take her out for the day.

The court was told that the alleged victim only got into the car because she thought another family member was coming with her, but was only followed out of the house by Love.

'She found herself in a position of being driven by Ms Love against her will,' Mr Elliot told the court, before describing a similar sexual assault behind the wheel.

Love, pictured, who was born a man but had a transgender operation in 2003, is also accused of trying to 'bribe the girl to stay quiet by offering to take her to see Mrs Brown's Boys' Love, pictured, who was born a man but had a transgender operation in 2003, is also accused of trying to 'bribe the girl to stay quiet by offering to take her to see Mrs Brown's Boys'
Love denies sexual assault and is on trial at Guildford Crown Court Love denies sexual assault and is on trial at Guildford Crown Court

Love, pictured left and right, who was born a man but had a transgender operation in 2003, is also accused of trying to 'bribe the girl to stay quiet by offering to take her to see Mrs Brown's Boys'

He added: 'She was trying to place her hands down the complainants short's, close to the top of her knickers, but got no further. 

'She then put her hands close to the complainant's breasts and then started to touch the top of them.'

The court heard Love tried to express her feelings to her victim through a series of text messages after the alleged attacks, which were read to the jury by Mr Elliott. 

The pair exchanged a number of texts messages on June 30, the day the victim told police.

'It was the straw that broke the camel's back,' said Mr Elliott.

After asking if she wanted to spend the day together Love told her alleged victim that she loved her before offering to take her to see the BBC comedy show Mrs Brown's Boys.

The court heard how the 15-year-old 'could not sleep after the first attack' and broke down in tears when she got home.

A police interview was played to the jury, describing the horrific ordeal involving someone she had previously thought to be a friend. The video showed the victim, dressed in a grey hoodie, with ripped jeans and Nike trainers, perched on a sofa.

'I couldn't get to sleep,' she said.

'Every time I closed my eyes I could just see what she had done. I just kept hearing her voice. It was horrible.'

Love is accused of taking the girl to this McDonald's in Surrey, where she allegedly bought her a McChicken meal to 'buy her silence' Love is accused of taking the girl to this McDonald's in Surrey, where she allegedly bought her a McChicken meal to 'buy her silence'

Love is accused of taking the girl to this McDonald's in Surrey, where she allegedly bought her a McChicken meal to 'buy her silence'

She added: 'I went back in and tried so hard not to cry. I was so scared to tell anyone that night.

'I just took all my clothes off and put them in the wash and went to sleep but I didn't sleep that night. I just got into bed and broke down.'

The jury at Guildford Crown Court heard how the alleged victim had been out for the day with a friend before Love pulled up in a 'baby blue' car - one of three she owned - and offered her a lift.

'I got up one morning and went to my mate's for the day and when I was going home I was walking through Camberley, to get a bus back and she pulled up in her car because she saw me. She said: 'Do you want a lift?'.

'Because I knew her I thought she was an all-right woman. I didn't think she was anything like that. So I said 'Okay'.'

However when they got near to the alleged victim's house, the girl explained how Love just carried on driving, telling her that she had been told by a family member not to take her home.

'She started to, like, touch my leg and the top part of my leg and started rubbing it and stuff,' she added.

'But that didn't work and she tried to go up my shorts. But I told her to stop touching me.

'She was just persistent that she was going to do something because she went up, like to my waist and wanted to go down my shorts but I told her 'no' and had to grab her arm away from me.

'But she didn't stop and carried on rubbing the side of my hip and and up my side. 

'Then she went up to where my breasts are because I only had a small top on she could put her hand in.

'I kept telling her to stop and she kept saying, "Why can't I do this?" I said "because I don't want you to". 

'She just wouldn't stop. I then tried opening the door, I just wanted to get away. I tried opening the door but it was locked.'

The court heard the 55-year-old then drove to McDonald's restaurant in Farnborough Gate, Surrey, where she bought the girl a McChicken meal at the Drive Thru before taking her back home.

Love denies sexual assault and is on trial at Guildford Crown Court, pictured Love denies sexual assault and is on trial at Guildford Crown Court, pictured

Love denies sexual assault and is on trial at Guildford Crown Court, pictured

She added: 'I think that was just her bribing me to get me to keep my mouth shut for the night.'

When they arrived outside her house she tried to get out of the car, thinking the ordeal to be over, but she told the court how she was manhandled once more.

'I went to get out the car and she grabbed my right wrist and pulled me back in the car and kissed me on the neck and said I could go,' she added.

'I had a red hand print on my right wrist where she had pulled me.'

The interviewer then asked her for further details about the horrific ordeal which took place on June 4, 2014.

'I told her to stop and she said 'no',' she added.

'She kept asking why she couldn't do it and I said she was much older than me and that I didn't want her to do it.

'She's quite powerful because she used to be a man, she's still got all that.

'I was so scared, I just didn't know what to do. I tried to get as far as I could away from her but I knew the door was locked. I just felt I was trapped.'

The trial continues. 

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