‘Intercourse assault at yacht membership left me unable to breathe for some time’: Tears in courtroom as alleged sufferer of millionaire sailor breaks down
- Peter Bonham Christie, 39, allegedly groped girl and left her in tears
- Girl attending drinks reception at Royal Thames Yacht Membership in Knightsbridge
- She had been launched to Bonham Christie earlier than going exterior for cigarette
A millionaire sailor made a ‘beeline’ for a younger girl and left her in tears after sexually assaulting her at an unique yacht membership, a courtroom heard yesterday.
The alleged sufferer stated she was in such shock after Peter Bonham Christie, 39, groped her with such power she ‘stopped respiratory’.
The 27-year-old had been attending a drinks reception on the Royal Thames Yacht Membership in Knightsbridge, London.
Talking from behind a display at Isleworth Crown Courtroom, she stated she had been launched to Bonham Christie earlier than going exterior for a cigarette with a mutual buddy Andrew Sutherland.
She stated the pair have been quickly adopted by Bonham Christie, who as soon as broke the offshore powerboat world velocity report and represented Nice Britain in crusing till 2010.
Peter Bonham Christie, 39, made a ‘beeline’ for a younger girl and left her in tears after sexually assaulting her on the Royal Thames Yacht Membership in Knightsbridge, London, a courtroom heard
She stated: ‘He got here by way of the doorways and made a beeline in the direction of me and put his hand between my legs and grabbed my crotch. I used to be virtually lifted off the bottom.
‘It was not only a hand… it was extra forceful. It felt fast however on the similar time it did not. I do not understand how lengthy it took for me to push him away… seconds.’
Requested how the assault made her really feel she replied: ‘I could not actually converse for some time. It was disbelief. All of it simply occurred actually shortly and I could not actually course of that it occurred. I feel I finished respiratory for a bit. I simply stood there.’
She instructed the courtroom that Mr Sutherland, 60, instantly expressed his horror and demanded an apology.
She stated Bonham Christie’s girlfriend then approached her to ask her to not take issues additional. The alleged sufferer’s proof was minimize quick after she broke down underneath cross-examination and was unable to reply questions.
She turned more and more distressed when the defence instructed she had been drunk and requested her whether or not she had taken cocaine that evening.
When he was arrested Bonham Christie denied touching her, however admitted he had been ingesting
‘I am solely right here due to what he did,’ she cried earlier than showing to have a panic assault and having to depart the courtroom.
The defence claims Bonham Christie went exterior solely to have a cigarette and confront Mr Sutherland over a disagreement.
He was stated to have assaulted the lady after a night eating at auctioneers Bonhams the place he gave a speech and a go to to the five-star resort Claridge’s in Mayfair together with his girlfriend and enterprise friends.
Following the alleged assault in November 2018, the lady reported the incident to the membership and to police in March 2019.
When he was arrested Bonham Christie denied touching her, however admitted he had been ingesting.
Bonham Christie is a scion of a rich household that after owned Brownsea Island off the coast of Dorset.
Educated at £40,000-a-year Millfield Faculty, he made his first £1million promoting an workplace water cooler firm.
Bonham Christie denies sexual assault.
The trial continues.