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Lucy Coleman stands trial accused of sexually assaulting friend in Edenbridge

By Ed McConnell

A woman sexually assaulted her friend after a boozy night in, a court has heard.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told Maidstone Crown Court she awoke the following morning to find a hand between her legs.

She soon realised it belonged to Lucy Coleman who was next to her in the bed having sex with a man, and jumped out of the bed.

Lucy Coleman has been cleared of all charges
Lucy Coleman has been cleared of all charges

The man left the flat and the pair began rowing, with Coleman allegedly scratching the victim’s face and pushing her to the floor.

But 34-year-old mother-of-one Coleman claims her alleged victim had in fact consented to having a threesome and had then assaulted her.

William Saunders, for the prosecution, told the jury the pair and a third woman had met up in October 2015 and had bought vodka, sambuca and cigarettes before heading to Coleman’s flat in Edenbridge.

They began drinking at around 9pm and a couple of hours later were joined by a man called Matt. The third woman then left but the drinking continued.

“Some drugs were also possibly taken,” added Mr Saunders.

Lucy Coleman with her barrister Hugh D'Aguilar
Lucy Coleman with her barrister Hugh D'Aguilar

By 3am the victim was tired and went to sleep wearing pyjamas and underwear in Coleman’s bed.

She woke up at 8am to find Coleman and the man were still awake and were talking on the sofa.

Feeling ill she returned to bed only to be awoken later by the alleged assault.

Giving evidence the victim said Coleman at first apologised saying she thought she had been touching her boyfriend but soon became agitated and attacked her in the living room.

But Hugh D'Aguilar, defending, said the allegations were part of a smear campaign by the victim who had become angry when she had attempted to join Coleman and the man in bed and been ignored.

Coleman, of The Row, denies assault by penetration and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The trial continues.

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