Michael Lee trial: Woman alleges indecent assault

Former King's Lynn Stars Speedway Rider Michael Lee ENGANL00120130910133051
Former King's Lynn Stars Speedway Rider Michael Lee ENGANL00120130910133051
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Former speedway world champion Michael Lee indecently touched a woman twice between the legs during an awards celebration, it has been claimed.

The woman told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that she was left “utterly shocked” by the incident at the event she was attending with her boyfriend.

After putting his hand up her dress, Lee, a former rider with the King’s Lynn Stars, had told the woman: “Nice thighs”, she alleged.

The incident is said to have happened in November 2011 at an end-of-season speedway presentation evening at the Worlington Hall Hotel in Suffolk.

Giving evidence from behind a screen, the woman said: “I didn’t really know what to do. I was utterly shocked by it and I nervously laughed. I really regret I didn’t react differently.”

Lee, a father of four, was standing behind her “laughing and grinning” said the woman. Afterwards when she told her boyfriend what had happened he was “fuming”, she said.

Lee, 55, of Worlington, near Mildenhall, has pleaded not guilty to two offences of sexually assaulting the woman.

Following his arrest, Lee told police that what took place had been nothing more than a “friendly squeeze on the bottom”.

He has also pleaded not guilty to the rape and assault causing actual bodily harm of another woman in December 2012 which he has described as “pure fabrication” with the intention of destroying him.

Earlier in the trial the jury heard claims that Lee had attacked a woman in a toilet and tried to put a black bin bag over her head before committing rape.

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

The trial continues.