Trial begins into North Sea Camp absconder alleged to have sexually assaulting a woman

Alan Wilmott
Alan Wilmott

A woman was raped by a prisoner on day release from North Sea Camp open jail, a jury has been told.

Alan Wilmot, 49, is alleged to have absconded from the Category D jail at Freiston, near Boston, after sexually assaulting the woman in front of her friend.

During the incident it is alleged Wilmot armed himself with a knife, tied both women up and made threats to kill them and their families.

The jury at Lincoln Crown Court was told Wilmot befriended the woman using a false identity when he responded to an internet advert placed by his alleged victim on the “Pets4Home” website.

Gordon Aspden, prosecuting, told the jury: “HMP North Sea Camp is Category D open prison. It is situated at Freiston just outside Boston. The prison’s open status meant that the authorities allowed its inmates to enjoy far greater freedom and privileges than would normally be the case.

“One such freedom involved prisoners being allowed day release into the community on condition that they returned to the prison voluntarily in the early evening.”

Mr Aspden told the jury at 9am on Sunday 15 September 2013 Alan Wilmot was allowed to leave HMP North Sea Camp for the day on condition he return at 7pm.

Following his release it is alleged Wilmot contacted the woman and arranged to meet her and some of her friends at a pub in Boston. Mr Aspden said Wilmot had a rucksack with him and asked the woman if he could keep it at her flat for safekeeping. She was unsure and asked a friend to come with them in her car.

The woman arrived back home with Wilmot and one of her friends at 3.33pm according to CCTV, the jury was told.

Mr Aspden said once there Wilmot asked the woman’s friend to go to a shop and buy a can of coke. The friend returned quickly when she heard “the most almighty crash” coming from the flat, it is alleged.

The prosecution allege Wilmot armed himself with a knife, dragged both women in to a bedroom and tied them up. It is alleged one of the women was then moved in to the hall where she witnessed her friend being sexually assaulted by Wilmot.

The jury heard Wilmot was arrested in North London two days after going missing from North Sea Camp. After caution he replied: “I cannot remember anything.”

During police interview Wilmot claimed he knew his alleged rape victim because she and her former boyfriend had supplied drugs to prisoners at HMP North Sea Camp.

Wilmot claimed that he had a sexual relationship with the woman but he denied having any sexual contact with the woman on the day of the alleged rape or tying either of them up and making threats with a knife. Wilmot claimed he had gone to the flat to collect some drugs which she wanted him to give to another prisoner.

After leaving the flat Wilmot claimed he later fell down some steps in Boston and the next thing he could remember was being in London.

The woman was questioned by specially trained police officers shortly after the alleged rape. During a video of the interview which was played to the jury she explained she could remember nothing about what happened in her home.

Mr Aspden told the jury that Wilmot had been jailed for life at the Old Bailey in 1987 for four offences of rape.

Wilmot, 49, denies two charges of rape, one charge of assault by penetration, two charges of false imprisonment, one offence of committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence, four charges of making a threat to kill and one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, all on 15 September, 2013.

The trial continues.