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Murder accused had 'raped woman'

Pierre Williams
Pierre Williams denies murder and sexual assault

A woman has told a court a man accused of a triple murder, raped and threatened her.

The bodies of Beverley Samuels, 36, and her 18-year-old daughter Kesha Wizzart and son Fred Wizzart were found at the family home in Manchester last July.

Pierre Williams, 33, of Birmingham, denies murder and sexual assault.

A woman, who cannot be identified, told Manchester Crown Court that in 2003 Mr Williams strangled her before tying her up and raping her.

She also alleged that on another occasion he made her watch and re-enact scenes from a pornographic film.

She told police about the two incidents, which happened in April and October 2003, but refused to go ahead with a prosecution.

The woman told the jury: "I'll always care for Pierre."

Gagged and bound

In a police interview shown to the jury, the woman said that on the first occasion Mr Williams drank a bottle of vodka before trying to strangle her as she slept.

She said she struggled at first before giving up. Mr Williams then taped her hands behind her back, gagged and blindfolded her and tied her to a bed, she told police.

She said: "He was saying 'I'm going to kill you one of these days' and I knew he really meant it, he was going to kill me."

(L to R) Kesha Wizzart, Beverly Samuels and her son Fred
Kesha, her mother and her brother suffered catastrophic injuries

When she screamed he strangled her again and she blacked out, she said. He then raped her.

After the assault, she told police: "He was saying he was going to kill himself... he was saying it's too late, I've gone too far."

On the second occasion, the woman said Mr Williams forced his way into her home and told her he had a gun.

She said: "I did think he was going to kill me that night."

Again, he taped her hands and mouth before taking her into a bedroom and sexually assaulting her, before making her watch the pornographic film.

She said: "He was walking up and down the living room talking to himself and at certain points he'd forward it and make it stop, and whatever the woman was doing... that's what he'd force me to do."

Victim's letter

The woman told police she managed to escape and raise the alarm at a neighbour's house.

David Lederman QC, defending, told the jury the woman had written to Mr Williams expressing concern about her police statement.

The court heard the letter stated: "I felt pressured by both my family and the police. I worry that I made it up."

Mr Williams is accused of killing Miss Samuels and her children at their home in Thelwall Avenue, Fallowfield, by hitting them over the head with a 2lb (0.9kg) hammer.

On 12 July 2007 - the day the three were killed - the woman said the defendant telephoned her saying he wanted to hand himself in.

She dialled 999 and told police where he was.

The trial was adjourned until Friday.

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