Teacher accused of sex with teenage boys ‘laughed when one said he wasn’t old enough to drive’


A teacher accused of having sex with two teenage boys laughed and said “Oh shut up! Stop saying that!” when one of them told her he wasn’t old enough to drive, a court heard.

Rebecca Joynes also became pregnant by one of the teenagers, referred to as Boy B, while she was on bail for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old known as Boy A, the jury was told.

The 30-year-old is on trial accused of six counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child, including two while being a person in a position of trust.

On the second day of her trial on Wednesday, the jury was shown a video of an interview Boy A gave to police officers.

He told police he first began interacting with Joynes by phone after she gave him 10 of the 11 digits of her mobile number.

Boy A was then able to work out the missing digit to make contact with her.

Within days they were exchanging Snapchat messages and after finishing school on a Friday afternoon he went home, changed out of his school uniform and Joynes picked him up at a pre-arranged point in her white Audi A1 car.

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The police officer asks Boy A in the interview: “What were you wanting to happen?”

He replied: “To be honest, I was not expecting that to happen, what happened. I didn’t expect anything.”

“What were you hoping to happen?” the officer continued.

“I don’t know,” the boy said, adding: “But anyone in my position, when you are my age, my year. If you ever see her – she is good-looking.”

Boy A said he expected to do what had been planned – go to the Trafford Centre and back to her flat.

He said: “I remember her saying you might as well come to her apartment, and I said, I may as well stay.”

She said: “OK. That works for me.”

After picking the youngster up, Joynes then drove to pick her dog up from day care and dropped it off with her parents in Wirral telling the boy she had arranged for them to have it overnight.

He did not see the hand-over to her mother as Joynes parked in another street, “probably because of how young I look”, the boy said.

Boy A told the officer about a conversation on the journey.

He said: “She said something about driving. I went, ‘I wouldn’t know because I’m not old enough,’ and she said, ‘Oh shut up’ laughing, said something like, ‘Stop saying that’ but laughing.”

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After visiting the Trafford Centre, where the youngster said Joynes bought him a £345 Gucci designer belt, they went back to her flat at Salford Quays where they twice had sex, it is alleged.

Rumours began to circulate and a police investigation followed as the defendant was suspended by her school.

She later told police that no sexual activity had taken place with Boy A.

She was subsequently bailed on the condition she have no unsupervised contact with anyone aged under 18.

But it later emerged that Joynes had been in a long-term sexual relationship with Boy B, who she had been in contact with while suspended.

The teenager is the father of Joynes’ young daughter.

Joynes claims sexual activity with Boy B did not start until he turned 16.

Neither boy can be publicly identified by law.

Joynes denies two counts of sexual activity with Boy A, two counts of sexual activity with Boy B and two counts of sexual activity with Boy B while being a person in a position of trust.

The trial was adjourned until Thursday morning.

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