School bus drivers face charges over child abuse claim

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THREE school bus drivers have appeared in court accused of taking part in sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl.

Although the three men have been charged in relation to separate alleged incidents, they are all said to involve the same girl.

Parminder Mandier, Ross Corby and Anthony Cowan appeared together in the dock at Warwick Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.

Corby, 62, of Bennett Court, Wolston, is accused of inciting the girl to engage in sexual activity in October.

Mandier, 37, of Coventry, and Cowan, 27, of Napton Road, Stockton, are charged with committing sex acts with the girl in November last year.

The defendants entered no pleas.

The case was adjourned until July for the prosecution papers to be served prior to a plea and case management hearing.

Mandier, Cowan and Corby were all granted bail with conditions that they do not contact the girl or any other child witness in the case and that they do

not have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18.

They no longer work as school bus drivers.

Judge John Phillips adjourned the case. He told the defendants they each had four weeks to prepare a statement, should they wish to defend themselves.