A BARRISTER has called an alleged victim of child abuse is a “walking infection”.

Michael Maher, defending James McLaughlin, of Beverley Road, Heaton , said the 13-year-old boy, who is one of four boys to make complaints of being abused, had heard rumours the defendant was a sex offender.

Bolton Crown Court heard McLaughlin had been fined £80 for indecently assaulting a boy in 1985.

McLaughlin denies two counts of sexual activity with a child, one charge of attempted sexual activity with a child and a fourth count of sexual assaulting a child.

The offences are alleged to have happened between September, 2009, and May, 2011.

The case continues.