Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

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

Beach huts, morning runs and golden sand. Not exactly the Felixstowe you might be expecting in January.

Labour’s shadow trade and industry secretary Clive Lewis has visited Ipswich to encourage party members as thoughts start to turn towards this year’s election.

More than half the homes in Suffolk are in the bottom two council tax bands it has emerged.

A Suffolk man has been evicted from his hospital bed by court order after he “unnecessarily” refused to leave for more than two years.

National news this week have flagged up a shortage of courgettes in UK supermarkets. This will consequently affect prices with courgettes – and many other vegetables – becoming more costly.

A half of one of the world’s rarest coins is to be auctioned off in Suffolk next weekend.

Looking for a family day out, something to entertain younger children or a chance to get some fresh air?
Our weekly days out guide brings you suggestions for family activities to entertain various age groups throughout the weekend.

Being a grown up usually means a life of responsibility, stress and mature behaviour, but you know what they say about ‘all work and no play’...

The number of people caught carrying a bladed weapon in Suffolk has risen to its highest level for six years.

A crewman has died after a boiler backfired in the engine room of the Manhattan Bridge container ship as it was docking at Felixstowe port last night – causing an “explosion”.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24