A WOMAN who claims she was sexually assaulted by a man as she dialled 999 for help told police ‘I don’t know how I got away from him’.
Alexander Bell, 48, is accused of attacking the teenager and stealing her mobile phone and handbag in a late-night assault.
Winchester Crown Court has heard she dialled 999 moments before the attack and can be heard in a recording of the call shouting ‘get off me’ and ‘help me’ before the line cuts off.
Bell, of Barncroft Way, Havant, denies sexual assault by penetration and robbery.
During a recorded interview with police following the alleged attack in August 2012, the woman said: ‘I was on the phone to the police. I think he was coming behind and so I must have said something on the phone to the police, don’t know what – someone’s chasing me or something like that, I was saying.
‘It was weird how he was chasing me and then got me to the floor then hung up the phone because obviously his intention was to do something to me and that’s why he snatched my phone and my bag.’
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the officer during the interview that she remembers the 999 call handler asking where she was, and that she did not know.
She said that Bell ‘rugby tackled’ her, pushing her to the floor from behind, that she hit her knees on the floor and then he sexually assaulted her.
The woman later added: ‘I don’t know how I got away from him, I got out of there quickly and ran off.’
A jury has heard that Bell, also known as ‘Chef,’ and the alleged victim knew each other and that she had asked him for a lift to her boyfriend’s home in the Havant area that night. He is said to have picked her up on his motorbike and taken her to a park, where they each drank two beers and shared a cannabis joint, before they went to a Havant pub.
The court has heard that the alleged victim asked him again to take her to her boyfriend’s, but he instead went to Rowlands Castle to get petrol, then Portsdown Hill before the alleged attack.
Bell was found in Havant still on his bike, with the woman’s phone on him.