A FORMER Chester restaurant worker groomed and sexually abused young girls in the 1980s and ‘90s, a court heard.
Ramsey Ramsey, 79, went on trial yesterday accused of 37 counts including rape and sexually assaulting five girls between 1988 and 2000 in the Bombay Palace restaurant on Upper Northgate Street, Chester and at his flat in Southport.
Ramsey, of Grange Road, Newton, is accused of four counts of indecency with a child, 11 counts of indecently assaulting under-age girls, 16 counts of rape, three counts of procuring a child for sexual intercourse and three counts of making indecent images of children.
Prosecutor John Wyn Williams told a Chester Crown Court jury of six men and six women that all the women had a similar story of being befriended by Ramsey and given gifts, food and alcohol before being taken to his flat on the Promenade, Southport, where he sexually abused them.
He said the girls, who for the most part did not know each other, were “vulnerable and easily manipulated”.
Mr Williams said the investigation started when one of the alleged victims went to the police “inspired by the [Jimmy] Savile media coverage”.
She told police she became friends with Ramsey as a teenager and would visit the Bombay Palace where she was offered a job behind the bar.
After a while he became “over tactile with her” until she was raped by Ramsey in an upstairs room in the restaurant when she was asked to get some stock.
After the alleged attack the victim continued to work there and she told police it was as “it was as if he was in control”.
Ramsey allegedly took her to his Southport flat and to Duke’s Drive in Chester a number of other times and sexually assaulted her, raped her and took indecent photographs before giving her money.
Another victim alleged that, after about a year of working in the restaurant, Ramsey sexually assaulted her in his car near to the Northgate Arena when getting a lift home.
This victim also alleged she was raped a number of times in his flat in Southport and at the Bombay Palace.
The third victim alleged Ramsey took her shopping, buying drinks, cigarettes and clothes for her and taking her to his flat in Southport where he would give her alcohol and cigarettes after she was introduced to him by another of his alleged victims.
Eventually, Mr Williams said, Ramsey became more “predatory” and began to “sexually touch them” before he raped her and sexually assaulted her.
The victim told police the abuse took place “hundreds of times” and it became normal for her.
Mr Williams said the victim was also forced by Ramsey to have sex with other men at the Bombay Palace and in Southport.
The fourth victim alleged she was befriended by Ramsey in a similar way to the other victims before being raped and sexually abused by Ramsey in Southport and at the Bombay Palace.
The fifth victim alleged that, after Ramsey befriended her, she was taken to Southport and made to pose nude for Ramsey and he took indecent photographs of her.
Mr Williams also said when the police raided Ramsey’s homes in Chester and Southport last year they found a number of pictures which the victims identified as themselves.
A number of letters were recovered which were from some of the victims to Ramsey.
They described some of the sexual abuse and made references to homework and teachers in them.
Mr Williams said the tone of the letters clearly showed the girls were in the “thrall” of Ramsey and would do anything he wanted.
He said Ramsey denied all the allegations and said he had not engaged in any sexual activity since 1974, when he broke his back in an accident which led to “sexual dysfunction”.