Sheffield man denies vice claims

Lee Unwin.
Lee Unwin.
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A man accused of paying a female ‘pimp’ for sex with a 14-year-old girl has denied the offence and said he was playing on his Xbox all night.

Lee Unwin is accused of giving Amanda Spencer money to have sex with a teenage girl at his father’s home on Limb Lane, Dore, in 2009.

Sheffield Crown Court has heard Unwin and four other men allegedly paid 23-year-old Spencer or gave her alcohol and drugs in return for sex with underage girls.

It is alleged the girl went with Spencer to Unwin’s home where she was forced to have sex with him and stay the night in his bed.

Spencer is alleged to have told the girl to close her eyes and reassured her they would be given money.

Giving evidence in his defence, Unwin, now 26, told the jury he met Spencer in the Peace Gardens in Sheffield city centre, where he went to socialise.

He said on the day in question Spencer rang him and asked if she and her friend could come to his dad’s house in Dore to socialise.

Chris Aspinall, defending, said to Unwin: “The allegation is that you have effectively arranged to pay for the sexual services of the girl, via Amanda Spencer, is that right?”

“No,” he replied.

Unwin said they drank lager and the girls sat on the bed and chatted while he and his friend Jamie played on the Xbox.

“I was on the Xbox the whole time they were there and after they left,” he said.

The trial continues.