Adam Johnson's girlfriend Stacey Flounders gives evidence in trial


The girlfriend of England footballer Adam Johnson has taken to the witness box in his trial on charges of sexual activity with a child.

Stacey Flounders, who is the mother of Johnson's year-old daughter, has begun giving evidence as part of the 28-year-old former Sunderland winger's defence at Bradford Crown Court.

Johnson has admitted kissing a 15-year-old girl in his car after grooming the teenager using social media.

But the player denies that more serious sex acts took place between him and the girl in his Range Rover on January 30 last year.

Miss Flounders, 26, stepped into the witness box in the packed courtroom wearing a black jacket over a light blue top and black jeans.

Miss Flounders was asked by Orlando Pownall QC, defending Johnson, about the future of their relationship.

She replied: "We're just going to remain friends."

Earlier, Mr Pownall asked her why she decided to remain with the player after his arrest.

She replied: "Because he was honest with me and I knew he was telling the truth.

"We'd just had a daughter. I wanted us to be a family."