Court hears woman tried to fight off Lee

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 on Tuesday at Ipswich Crown Court the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, alleged that Lee, director of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers speedway club, had attacked her in a toilet before forcing her to have sex with him.

Speaking from behind a screen, 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.

Giving a description of what she claimed happened, 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 had followed her into a toilet where he knocked her over 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. who 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 consensual”.

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

The 55 year old of Freckenham Road, Worlington, 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 Charles Myatt, prosecuting.

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, was crowned individual world speedway champion in 1980 and rode for teams including King’s Lynn, Poole and Boston.

The trial continues.