Michael Lee trial: Sobbing woman says ex-King’s Lynn Stars rider raped her

Court news from the Lynn News, lynnnews.co.uk, @lynnnewscitizen on Twitter

Court news from the Lynn News, lynnnews.co.uk, @lynnnewscitizen on Twitter

A woman has told a court how she feared she would die when she was attacked and raped by former Lynn Stars speedway rider Michael Lee.

Giving evidence at Ipswich Crown Court the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, alleged that Lee had attacked her in a toilet before forcing to have sex with him.

Speaking from behind a screen today, the woman said she had tried to fight off Lee using her arms and legs but had been unable to do so and felt she had no choice other than to submit to him.

In a description punctuated by sobs, she said: “I kept fighting him but I felt too scared. I couldn’t stop him. I thought I was going to die.”

The woman claimed that Lee had followed her into a toilet where he knocked her over and then pulled out a chunk of her hair and tried to put a black bin bag over her head.

Later Lee had expressed no remorse and told her that he would do it again, said the woman.

The woman finally went to police to complain about Lee at the end of January last year and he was arrested on February 1, said prosecutor Charles Myatt.

Mr Myatt told the jury that Lee had claimed when interviewed that what had taken place between himself and the woman had been “entirely consentual”.

Lee had alleged that the woman’s claims were “pure fabrication” designed to destroy him.

Lee, 55, Worlington, in Suffolk, has pleaded not guilty to raping and assaulting the woman causing actual bodily harm and also denies sexually assaulting another woman at a pub in the village during a speedway awards celebration.

The jury has heard prosecution allegations that Lee twice put his hand up the

dress of another woman and fondled her.

When the alleged victim turned around she saw Lee who was “wearing a large grin on his face laughing”, claimed Mr Myatt.

The rape and assault offences are alleged to have been committed by Lee in December 2012 and the two sexual assaults between October and December 2011.

Lee, co-promotor of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers, was crowned individual world speedway champion in 1980 and rode for teams including Lynn, Poole and Boston.

The trial continues.


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