‘Woman broke les­bian lover’s jaw’

Blow-up af­ter de­tails of al­leged re­la­tion­ship re­vealed to fam­ily

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ATEACHER broke her al­leged se­cret les­bian lover’s jaw af­ter she turned up at her fam­ily home and re­vealed their af­fair to her mother, a UK court heard on Mon­day.

Alexa Col­lier, 26, had ap­par­ently been see­ing per­sonal trainer Ni­cola Lees, 28, for three years but had hid­den their re­la­tion­ship and her sex­u­al­ity from her fam­ily.

She flew into a rage af­ter Lees, who had be­come fed up with the se­crecy, ar­rived at Col­lier’s house and re­vealed the truth to her mother, it was al­leged.

As an ar­gu­ment broke out on the doorstep, Col­lier’s 53-year old mother Gill called Lees a “slut”, a “slag” and a “tramp”, the court was told.

But Lees replied: “I’m a tramp? Your daugh­ter was in a ho­tel with me, s***ging me!”

The teacher then al­legedly punched her ex-lover with such force it broke her jaw, which re­quired surgery us­ing screws and a metal plate.

The al­ter­ca­tion took place in July af­ter the cou­ple had split up but still met up some­times to spend nights in ho­tel rooms in Manch­ester’s Min­shull Street, the court was told.

Open­ing the case, pros­e­cu­tor David Bent­ley QC said Lees had wanted ev­ery­one to know they were a cou­ple, ad­ding: “It seems that the re­la­tion­ship started to fail as a re­sult of Ni­cola’s de­sire for it to be­come less se­cre­tive.

“Although the re­la­tion­ship had ended, there was still con­tact be­tween the two and it seems they spent time to­gether in a ho­tel be­fore the in­ci­dent oc­curred.”

Lees told the court: “Alexa was telling me not to tell her mum and we were keep­ing it as a se­cret. She was scared of com­ing out to her par­ents”

She said she be­lieved Col­lier was main­tain­ing con­tact “to keep me there hang­ing on” but felt the de­fen­dant was “play­ing with her emo­tions”. She said she no longer wanted to be “messed about”.

Col­lier later posted mes­sages on Snapchat and In­sta­gram, which Lees saw as an at­tempt to “wind her up” and she de­cided to visit her lover’s fam­ily home in Chad­der­ton, near Old­ham.

“I went to her house with the in­ten­tion to sort ev­ery­thing out and speak to her mum and get out what we had been do­ing for many years.

“I was told to go away be­cause she didn’t want me to tell her mum,” she said.

Col­lier’s mother then came out the house. Bent­ley said: “The de­fen­dant’s mum came up close to Ni­cola, telling her to stay away and call­ing her a ‘tramp’.

“The com­plainant re­sponded by say­ing, “You don’t know what’s been go­ing on, do you know Alexa’s see­ing me?” At that point there was “push­ing and shov­ing but no hit­ting”, the lawyer said.

Lees walked to­wards her car and Col­lier fol­lowed. A neigh­bour in­ter­vened and stood be­tween them.

Lees ad­mit­ted she shouted it was “all her mother’s fault that the re­la­tion­ship broke down and she forced us to split up”, ad­ding: “I did say if I was that much of a slag, why was your daugh­ter sleep­ing with me for the last week?”

Bent­ley said the de­fen­dant’s mother shouted “get away from my door, you tramp”, to which Lees made the com­ment about the cou­ple “s***ging” in a ho­tel.

“As soon as she had said this the de­fen­dant leaned around her neigh­bour and punched the com­plainant to the left side of her face be­fore walk­ing back to­wards the house,” the lawyer told the court.

Lees, who has since lost feel­ing in her face, got into the car and went to North Manch­ester Gen­eral Hospi­tal, where she had an X-ray. She then un­der­went surgery to have a metal plate and three screws fit­ted to her lower jaw, which held her teeth in place.

Col­lier made no com­ment in po­lice in­ter­views. She de­nies caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm. The trial con­tin­ues.

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