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Newmarket: Woman claimed she was locked in room by former boyfriend

10:35 04 February 2014

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

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A teenager, who was locked in a room by her ex-boyfriend, was so desperate to escape that she tried to jump out of a first floor window, it has been alleged.

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Donna Seymour, 18, went to see William Mackenzie in his room at a shared house in Newmarket a couple of weeks after she ended their two and a half year relationship, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Mackenzie, 20, of Park Lane, Newmarket had allegedly been bombarding Miss Seymour with text messages since the split and when she arrived at his bedist he was upset and crying after discovering she had been texting another man, said Alison Ginn, prosecuting.

After about 20 minutes Mackenzie had become aggressive and when Miss Seymour got up to leave he had allegedly grabbed her mobile phone and locked the door to his room.

He had then allegedly thrown the contents of her handbag round the room, ripped her leather jacket and damaged her phone, said Miss Ginn.

Miss Seymour begged Mackenzie to let her leave and when he refused she decided the only way to get away was by jumping from the first floor window in his room.

However when she opened the window Mackenzie had allegedly slammed it shut on her hand and pulled her to the ground grazing her elbow and thigh.

“She was terrified he was going to hurt her,” said Miss Ginn.

During the incident Mackenzie had allegedly used a knife to cut Miss Seymour’s clothing and to cut off a piece of her hair.

Eventually Mackenzie had allowed Miss Seymour to leave the room and she had flagged down a lorry driver who described her as crying and shaking.

Mackenzie denied falsely imprisoning Miss Seymour, common assault and damaging her mobile phone.

After his arrest Mackenzie claimed Miss Seymour had been violent towards him and that her clothing had ripped while they were tussling. He denied locking her in his room and said Miss Seymour’s phone had fallen to the ground and broken during the struggle.

The trial continues today (Tuesday).

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