Havant man accused of sex attack claims ‘it’s in her head’

Alexander Bell is standing trial at Winchester Crown Court
Alexander Bell is standing trial at Winchester Crown Court
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A MAN accused of robbing and sexually assaulting a teenager as she dialled 999 for help said of the alleged victim: ‘It’s all in her head.’

Alexander Bell, 48, is accused of rugby tackling the woman and attacking her, stealing her mobile phone and handbag.

A jury 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.

Giving evidence at Winchester Crown Court, Bell said: ‘I didn’t rob her, I didn’t attack her, I didn’t do any of the things she’s assumed I’ve done. It’s all in her head. She’s paranoid.’

Bell, of Barncroft Way, Havant, denies sexual assault and robbery in August 2012.

A jury has heard that Bell 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 scooter and taken her to a park, before they went to a Havant pub.

The court had heard 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.

Prosecutor Simon Foster has said the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made 999 calls just before and after midnight.

Mr Foster told the jury she got off the bike and Bell pursued her as she was on the phone to the police.

During the phone call, which was played in court, she is heard to shout ‘get off me’ and ‘help me’.

Police found Bell in New Road, Havant, still on his bike, with the alleged victim’s bag and phone.

Asked by Roderick James, defending, what happened when the woman got off his bike, Bell said she ‘disappeared’.

He said: ‘When she got off the bike all her possessions were either underneath my seat apart from the handbag that she was carrying and her mobile phone was on her, but due to her getting off my bike and getting off at a weird time she had dropped her phone, and also I didn’t realise her phone was on.’

He added: ‘I have switched her phone off, she’s actually vanished, she’s disappeared.’

Asked if he rugby tackled the woman, he replied: ‘I never rugby tackled her, that’s all in her delusionary head, that never happened.’