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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Woman tells Cumbrian trial jury of ‘horrific sex assault'

A second victim has told how she was in decently assaulted while staying at a house in Carlisle.

Iain Hamilton photo
Iain Hamilton

Related: Carlisle man accused of sex assaults on women

As well as the alleged incident Iain Gordon Hamilton, 51, of Housesteads Road, Sandsfield Park, denies 12 other charges against another woman during the early 1990s.

The other charges include six counts of rape, four allegations of indecent assault as well as two assault charges.

Yesterday, during the second day of the trial, members of the jury were shown video footage from a taped police interview where the second victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told what had happened.

She said that she had got up that morning but had gone back to the spare room where she had been staying. She said: “Iain rushed into my room stark naked, threw the duvet off and whipped my nightdress off. He put a pillow over my face and he had his hands everywhere.

“I was fighting like crazy and I managed to smash a light over his head and he jumped back. It was pretty horrific really. I was screaming and suddenly it stopped and he left. I went to the bedroom door and shut it.”

She told the interviewer that Hamilton had touched her sexually during the attack and thrown her around the room in an effort to stop her from attacking him.

She added: “[It lasted] five to 10 minutes – I was in total shock.”

The witness said that Hamilton then left for work and she took the chance to get in her car and drive home.

She said that she had not reported the matter to the police until last year, adding: “It didn’t cross my mind – it was just something that happened.”

During the hearing the first witness, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, said that she had heard that Hamilton, who was a member of the Territorial Army (TA) at the time, was arrested by military police while on exercise in America.

She said that he had exposed himself to a woman and had encouraged the woman to touch him sexually.

The witness said she had later heard him joking about the matter with a sergeant but they had changed the subject when they knew they were being overheard.

The trial continues.

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