A WOMAN who claims she was raped and sexually assaulted on a cigarette break from work broke down as she told a court: “I trusted him. He was a security guard.”
The woman, who can not be identified for legal reasons, said she first met Robert Murray, 43, the day before the alleged attack when he approached her and a friend she had met for coffee.
The women were walking through the St John’s Centre, where Murray worked as a security guard, towards the bus station to make their way home when Murray approached them.
The following day Murray, dressed in a high visibility jacket, called in to the woman’s workplace four or five times during the morning, asking about her friend.
She said: “Things were friendly. It was my friend he fancied. I was just answering his questions but she had already said she wasn’t interested. I told him, you are old enough to be her father.”
The woman, who had guessed Murray to be in his 40s was surprised when he told her he was 33 and later agreed to go for a cigarette break with him.
As they chatted, Murray told the woman he had to continue on his security checks and led her into a loading bay at the back of the bingo hall in Tithebarn Street.
The jury was shown CCTV taken from the St John’s arcade showing Murray and the woman walking together out of the shopping centre.
But once they reached the secluded area, out of view of the cameras, shortly before 3pm, Murray turned his attention to her, the court heard.
When she rejected his sexual advances, Murray is alleged to have sexually assaulted and raped her,
Murray, of Walpole Avenue, Wigan, pleads not guilty.