Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Ipswich/Mildenhall: Woman weeps in court as she describes alleged sexual assault by former speedway champion Michael Lee

06:00 30 April 2014

Michael Lee

Michael Lee

A woman wept in court as she described how former speedway world champion Michael Lee tried to put a black bin bag over her head before allegedly raping her.

The woman told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court she had been in a toilet when Lee appeared at the door.

She claimed Lee pushed her so she was wedged between the toilet and the wall causing her to hit her side. “I couldn’t really get up,” she said.

She claimed Lee then tried to put a black bin bag over her head.

“I was pushing him away saying: ‘Please don’t put it over my head’,” said the woman, who gave her evidence behind a screen.

Eventually Lee let her get up but shortly afterwards he allegedly raped her.

“I was too scared not to do what he wanted,” she said.

Crying as she gave her evidence, the woman said she thought Lee would kill her if she did not have sex with him.

She said she asked Lee to stop and told him he was hurting her but he “just carried on”.

Lee, 55, of Worlington, Mildenhall, denies raping the woman and assaulting her in December 2012.

He also denies two offences of sexually assaulting another woman in 2011.

Charles Myatt, prosecuting, alleged the two offences of sexual assault took place at an end of season speedway presentation evening.

He claimed Lee put his hand up a woman’s dress and when she turned round she allegedly saw him with a “large grin on his face and laughing”.

The alleged victim attended the event at a pub in Worlington with her partner and initially thought it was him touching her.

She was anxious not to cause a scene and decided to leave but as she did so Lee allegedly came up behind her and did the same thing again and said she had “nice thighs”, said Mr Myatt.

After his arrest in February last year Lee denied sexually assaulting the woman in the pub and said he had given her “ a friendly squeeze on the bottom”.

He denied assaulting or raping the other woman and described the allegations as “pure fabrication”.

The trial continues.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Ipswich Crown Court.

Police have praised the “immense courage” of a child sex victim after her abuser was jailed for 17 years for a catalogue of offences.

Suffolk Rape Crisis is a small charity in Ipswich that supports female victims of sexual violence. 
It is facing a major financial shortage and may have to stop its services unless it can get some extra funding. 
Some of the staff have pulled together and decided to launch a crowdfunding appeal, which will start on Monday. 
L-R Helen Taylor,Louise Hayward,Selina Wagstaff,Shane Begby,Chris Nightingale.

The only charity in Suffolk that supports women and girls who have experienced sexual violence is today launching a crowdfunding appeal as it faces a looming financial crisis.

Inspector Julian Ditcham with the Drager Alcotest tests a motorist.

A drink-driver was more than four times the legal limit when police caught him in Bury St Edmunds, a court heard.

Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Pictured is Paul Webster.

Kicking off with midday hymns and culminating in the famous ‘Duck Dive’ – it could only be the return of a riverside town’s historic regatta.

Nitro Circus Live at Foxhall Stadium.

Fans have been left upset and out of pocket after they claim they were turned away from a stunt show because of bad weather - only to find the event went ahead slightly later than scheduled.

Parade to mark the opening of the Southwold Arts Festival

The circus rolled up to a Suffolk seaside town for the launch of an annual festival featuring some ‘big top’ names from the world of art, literature, music and dance.

The Pigs Gone Wild trail covers key Ipswich landmarks

There were shrieks of delightthis morning as children scrambled over concrete plinths holding some exciting new additions to Ipswich town centre.

Will Young at Newmarket Nights - photos by Simon Traylen

Evergreen pop star Will Young showed he remains a hit with fans as crowds flocked to see him perform at Newmarket racecourse.

Race for Life in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds has been cancelled due to heavy rain overnight.

Today’s Race for Life event in Bury St Edmunds has been cancelled due to heavy raining and flooding at Nowton Park.

Dougie and Sheila Gedny with their daughter Linda Main at the completion of Upper Abbey Farmhouse at Leiston.

A Suffolk woman has returned to the house where she was born more than 70 years ago to see it fully restored following a fire.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24