A man assaulted a teenage girl and raped a 70-year-old woman, a court has heard.

The alleged separate incidents were within less than two weeks of one another in Farnworth in the summer of last year, Bolton Crown Court was told.

The trial of the man accused of these sexual offences, Issa Brayzi-Pour, of Avondale Road in Wigan, started at the court on Monday (February 20).

Prosecutor Henry Blackshaw set out the case against Brayzi-Pour, who at the time of these separate incidents lived on Longcauseway in Farnworth.

Mr Blackshaw told the court Brayzi-Pour assaulted a teenage girl when she asked him for a cigarette.

Mr Blackshaw said Brayzi-Pour told the girl, who was 'clearly a child under the age of 16', he would give her a cigarette if she performed a sex act.

He said: "[The defendant] said 'I'll give you a cigarette for you to do things.

The defendant allegedly exposed himself.

Around 12 days later, Mr Blackshaw said, Brayzi-Pour raped a 70-year-old woman.

Mr Blackshaw said Brayzi-Pour caught up with her and took hold of her hand, before leading her onto a side street and attacking her.

He told the court: "He left the scene, leaving her distressed and shocked.

"She phoned her son then the police, reporting she had been assaulted."

An investigation was launched and Brayzi-Pour was arrested within a matter of days.

According to Mr Blackshaw, he told police he was at an address in Wigan at the time of the incidents, but he abandoned this alibi when DNA samples taken from the 70-year-old woman matched DNA samples taken from him in custody.

In the case of the teenage girl, defence barrister Bunty Batra is expected to argue the victim lied about the assault.

And in the case of the 70-year-old woman, Mr Batra is expected to argue the victim consented to sexual intercourse.

The trial before Recorder Andrew McLoughlin continues at Bolton Crown Court this week. 

Brayzi-Pour has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape, sexual assault and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.