THE partner of a woman who claims she was sexually touched has told the Royal Court how she was ‘very physically shaken’ after the alleged incident.
The man yesterday described the complainant as being a ‘car crash’ and ‘hysterical’ after the alleged attack, in which the prosecution claims Thomas Matthew Jackson climbed into her bed and touched her over her bra and through her underwear.
Mr Jackson (35) denies two counts of sexual touching and one of attempted rape.
On the second day of the trial, Crown Advocate Matthew Maletroit, prosecuting, asked about the complainant’s demeanour.
The partner responded: ‘I thought a loved one had passed away, she was very physically shaken, she wanted to tell me something.
‘[The alleged victim] was a car crash, she was a wreck, she was hysterical.’
Giving evidence, the partner admitted that he had drunk eight or nine beers, half a glass of champagne and a ‘little’ shot of ouzo on the evening of the alleged incident.
The alleged victim was intoxicated when she was found by him on a staircase before the alleged incident, the court heard.
The partner said: ‘I noticed when on the stairs that she was very, very drunk, before then she was holding her own.’
When asked by Advocate Maletroit whether the complainant was responsive, the witness stated ‘she wasn’t fully conscious but wasn’t completely unconscious’.
The court heard that the partner along with two others, which included the defendant, helped to carry the alleged victim to the door of her bedroom.
‘We carried her up the stairs, when we got to the door of the bedroom I put her in the bed, I put the duvet cover over her. She was fully clothed,’ he said.
The partner told the court he noticed that the defendant had disappeared for a period of about 20-25 minutes that night.
Cross-examining the partner, Advocate Allana Binnie asked whether he was responsible for the alleged offence against the complainant, rather than the defendant.
The partner replied: ‘No I did not do the things that she alleged.
‘How dare you.’
The trial continues.