Witness ordered to leave court after trial outburst


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A PROSECUTION witness in a trial was thrown out of court after she left the witness box and shouted at an alleged “paedophile”.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was giving evidence in the trial of Ramsey Ramsey, 79, a former restaurant manager in Chester, who is accused of 37 sex offences against five girls under 16.

The witness, speaking at Chester Crown Court from behind a screen, left the witness box shouting “I’m not scared to face him. I know what you have done Ramsey. Ramsey you are a paedophile,” before she was restrained by court staff.

The judge, Recorder John Benson QC, then ordered the woman to leave the court room telling her “that kind of behaviour will not be tolerated in here”. 

He adjourned proceedings until today so the woman could calm down.

The witness became increasingly agitated throughout proceedings and began to lose her temper when defence barrister, Simon Mills, asked her to refer to her statement given to police.

The woman said the statement she had been provided with was “not my statement”, complaining there were many grammatical and spelling errors and the facts of the case were not what she told officers.

She said: “I went through the statement over and over because this is important to me. 

“This one is wrong. It isn’t what I’ve said. 

“There are errors in here I would have seen. 

“Anyone can see them.”

The judge and barristers all accepted the witness did not accept what was in the statement but she refused to answer defence questions which made references to the statement.

Mr Mills said: “I am just asking you to clarify what is in the statement – which bits you say are wrong and which are correct.”

The angry witness then walked towards the dock where Ramsey was sitting.

Earlier the witness told the court she could “never hate him” despite the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of Ramsey.

The woman told the court she first met Ramsey when she was about 13 years old and she would go to the Bombay Palace restaurant, where he was the manager, after swimming to get free drinks and food from him.

She told the court he was “always kind” to her and he started offering her lifts home in his Jaguar after she began working there as a dishwasher.

The witness said Ramsey began asking her to put her hands in his lap in his vehicle and eventually took her to a car park at the Northgate Arena where he sexually assaulted her.

Asked by the prosecutor, John Wyn Williams, how many times that had happened the witness said: “It was a lot more than 10.”

The witness then said Ramsey took her to his flat in Southport where he asked her to pose semi-naked with a red feather boa before he raped her. 

The witness said it was the only time she was taken to Southport but that she was repeatedly raped in the Bombay Palace restaurant on Upper Northgate Street while she was under 16.

She also said she was raped by another man when Ramsey told her to “go and look after him”.

The woman said the relationship with Ramsey ended in her early 20s. 

She said: “It took me many years to realise he was a paedophile. 

“He was always kind to me. It took me many years to realise what was going on. 

“It was part of my everyday. It seemed normal.”

The woman eventually told police about the allegations after she was arrested for shoplifting in Morrison’s in Saltney last year.

She told the jury she was attempting to steal dog food even though she did not have a dog because she could not pluck up the courage to go to speak to the police on her own. 

When she was arrested she said: “I need to speak to you anyway.”

The woman had confronted Ramsey about the allegations at his home on Grange Road, Newton, a few weeks earlier and told the court Ramsey invited her in and gave her £1,000 when she said her life could have been different if she had not met him.


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