Mum’s sex ordeal’

A MOTHER from Hartford was held in a house in Godmanchester for 10 days while she was sexually assaulted, a court was told on Monday. The woman dialled 999 after 50-year-old Paul Hagan-Chambers left the house to buy cigarettes, the prosecution said. Mr Ha

A MOTHER from Hartford was held in a house in Godmanchester for 10 days while she was sexually assaulted, a court was told on Monday.

The woman dialled 999 after 50-year-old Paul Hagan-Chambers left the house to buy cigarettes, the prosecution said.

Mr Hagan-Chambers denies four counts of rape, and one of sexual assault, relating to incidents said to have taken place at his home in Tudor Road, Godmanchester, in 2006.

At Peterborough Crown Court, prosecutor Claire Williams told the jury: "Paul Hagan-Chambers and the woman met in 2005. They became friends and a sexual relationship began. This ended in October 2005, when he tried to force himself on her.

"On March 16 last year, he made contact with her again, saying he was ill. She went to see him at his home but when she tried to leave he became violent towards her.

"He grabbed her out of the blue. He sat on her with his hands around her throat. He lost the plot - went ballistic. She thought he was going to kill her."

Most Read

Mrs Williams alleged that the victim was then raped by the defendant.

She added: "On March 26, she managed to call 999 after he left her alone to go to buy cigarettes.

"She has had to deal with severe consequences as a result of her ordeal."

Mr Hagan-Chambers also left the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons and has since moved away from Huntingdonshire, alone in his house on another occasion.

He was said to have visited a shop in Godmanchester where he tried to use her credit card.

When questioned about using the card, Mr Hagan-Chambers claimed the woman had been mugged and was staying at his house, the court heard.

Mrs Williams went on to say that on March 25, the woman was allowed to visit a branch of Barclays Bank to transfer money to her daughter, who was overseas.

"She will forever regret going back to the house," said Mrs Williams.

In a police interview, Mr Hagan-Chambers said that both he and the alleged victim had a drink problem.

The case continues.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter