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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Woman woke to find man trying to grope her, court told

A woman asleep on her sofa in Workington woke to find an intruder trying to grope her.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, grabbed her attacker hard in a desperate bid to get him off her, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Sixty-year-old William James Winder is accused of grabbing the woman andtrying to kiss her afterentering her flat last November.

He went on trial after denying two charges.

She told police she started shouting at him to get out. She told him her boyfriend would be back soon but he “started shouting that he could batter anybody”, she said.

“He was was still trying to grope me,” she said.

“My boyfriend came back and I just shouted for him to get him out of the flat.”

The victim said that the alleged incident took place between 5pm and 7pm and she went to the police after telling her daughter.

The court heard that she was examined and the jury was shown photographs which showed bruising to her legs which she described in her evidence as looking like “fingerprints”.

She described her attacker as “creepy”. “That scared me more than anything the fact that he didn’t speak,” she told police.

Winder, of Firth View Walk, denies a charge of sexually touching a woman and trespassing with the intention of committing a sex offence.

Tim Evans, prosecuting, told the jury that the victim woke to find Winder sitting next to her, “kissing her face”.

When she was cross-examined by Mark Shepherd, defending, she was accused of making the whole incident up but replied: “It happened exactly as I’ve told it.”

The trial continues.

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