‘I thought I was going to die’ woman tells Michael Lee sex trial

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A woman has claimed that she feared she would die when she was allegedly attacked and raped by former world speedway champion Michael Lee.

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

Speaking from behind a screen, the woman said she 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, the woman 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 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, 55, of Freckenham Road, Worlington, near Mildenhall, expressed no remorse and told her that he would do it again, said the woman.

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

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, a father of four, had alleged that the woman’s claims were ‘pure fabrication’ designed to destroy him.

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

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.

Mr Myatt told the jury that Lee had a ‘chequered past’ which included using cannabis and being convicted for growing the drug at his home.

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.