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Cambridgeshire spa boss accused of sexual assault

Kerry Brocklebank, 43, is alleged to have poured oil on a customer and massaged his calves during an appointment at her spa

A female health spa boss is accused of sexually assaulting a client during a sports massage.

Kerry Brocklebank, 43, is alleged to have poured oil on the man and massaged his calves before flaunting her breasts ‘within inches of his face’, during an appointment at her Huntingdon Spa and UK Sports Massage in Cambridgeshire.

After a drinking session, she walked in on the man as he was waiting for her male colleague and massaged him, despite his pleas to stop, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

The customer was wearing just his underpants and later complained the experience left him feeling ‘violated’. 

The alleged victim, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, told the court he had booked a massage with therapist Henry Godfree at 5.30pm on October 11.

Stephen Mather, prosecuting, said: ‘He undresses down to his underpants and lays on the table.

‘The allegation is that Kerry Brocklebank came in swimwear, appeared intoxicated and started to massage him from the calves to his back ending to the point where she was more or less face to face, very close to him, when Mr Godfree came back.’

The court heard that when the alleged victim arrived at the health spa he was sat in a waiting room, covered in Halloween decorations, and was greeted by Brocklebank.

Kerry Brocklebank, 43, is alleged to have poured oil on a customer and massaged his calves during an appointment at her spa

Kerry Brocklebank, 43, is alleged to have poured oil on a customer and massaged his calves during an appointment at her spa. Pictured right: Brocklebank massaging a client – not the alleged victim

The man alleged: ‘She was rubbing my calf – for probably a second or a couple of seconds maximum’. Pictured: Brocklebank on holiday

The man told the court: ‘She sat opposite me and just started chatting and playing with a witches’ hat bizarrely.

‘She was repeatedly shouting Henry’s name and repeatedly calling him ”darling”.

The court heard Brocklebank left when Mr Godfree arrived and the customer was then asked to prepare for his massage in an adjacent room.

The man said he was laying face-down on a massage table waiting for Mr Godfree to return when Brocklebank walked in.

Alleged incident took place at her Huntingdon Spa and UK Sports Massage in Cambridgeshire

He said: ‘Kerry came into the room and said I’m going to start your massage while Henry’s not in here to which I replied, ”don’t touch me, I’m here to see Henry”.

The jury heard she ignored his pleas up to three times and said she was ‘qualified’, before proceeding to pour massage oils on his right calf.

‘She was rubbing my calf – for probably a second or a couple of seconds maximum,’ he said.

‘She carried on doing what I described before then rubbing my lower back as well.

‘At this point I’m still lying face down but I’m kind of twisted a bit to the right because I’m looking back to make a point of saying stop.

The business owner (pictured) denies one count of sexual assault with an alternative of common assault and perverting the course of justice

‘She eventually moved around so that she was sat in front of me on a stool. She was just chatting again. I asked her to leave and get out.

‘I could smell drink, as far as I’m concerned she was clearly drinking.

The alleged victim, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, told the court he had booked a massage with therapist Henry Godfree (pictured) at 5.30pm on October 11

The alleged victim, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, told the court he had booked a massage with therapist Henry Godfree (pictured) at 5.30pm on October 11

‘Henry then came back into the room around that point where she moved around to the front of me and then she then did leave the room and she said, ”I’m going to leave now because [he] wants me to leave the room”.

‘Henry was in the room obviously quite uncomfortable. He just looked shocked, he genuinely looked a bit confused as to why Kerry was in the room.

‘I felt violated, angry and just not at all happy about the situation at all.’

Mr Godfree, describing her behaviour in the waiting room, told the court: ‘It was quite provocative, quite flirtatious.

‘She wasn’t dressed appropriately to be dealing with customers.’

‘She was wearing a bikini. She was very drunk.’

‘He walked to the massage room after hearing the man raise his voice, saying ”don’t touch me” and ”get off me”.

‘At first he sounded sort of calm and then he sounded particularly panicked, a sort of sense of fear,’ Mr Godfree said.

‘She was leaned over so her breasts would have been inches from his head.’

The court heard that Ms Brocklebank (pictured) was a ‘six out of 10 drunk on a scale’ and ‘spilt champagne on herself’ twice, after inviting a different client to join her in the spa

The court heard Mr Godfree sent a WhatsApp message to Brocklebank saying he was resigning that night.

The alleged victim told Brocklebank he was making a complaint to an industry ombudsman over the incident and reported her to police.

She responded by offering a free massage and wrote, ‘again apologies, friends’ birthday. I shouldn’t mix business with pleasure.’

Brocklebank was also charged with perverting the course of justice by sending ‘offensive and threatening electronic messages’ to Mr Godfree between October 10 and November 19.

The messages included: ‘Sorry did I interrupt gay time?’ and ‘Believe me if this goes to court I will ruin the pair of you’, the court heard.  

 The jury heard Brocklebank ignored his pleas up to three times and said she was ‘qualified’, before proceeding to pour massage oils on his right calf. Pictured right: Kerry Brocklebank in a promotional image for the Huntingdon Spa while treating a client, who is not the alleged victim in the court case

Former spa employee Alexandra Wilkinson told Cambridge Crown court that Ms Brocklebank believed the client was in a relationship with Mr Godfree

She said: ‘She believed they were in a relationship. He was always sitting provocatively when he was waiting for Godfree.’  

Earlier in the day, Mr Godfree was cross examined in court and accused of speaking to the alleged victim outside work.

He told the jury he did ‘not recollect’ keeping in touch with him.

He later said: ‘I do have his number in my phone, because I do give him massages again now.

‘I believe that he does also have my number in his phone.’

Mr Godfree was then shown a number of WhatsApp messages between him and his colleague, Ms Wilkinson, about their employer, Ms Brocklebank and the alleged sexual assault on Mr Godfree’s client.

The alleged victim told Brocklebank he was making a complaint to an industry ombudsman over the incident and reported her to police. She responded by offering a free massage and wrote, 'again apologies, friends' birthday. I shouldn't mix business with pleasure', the court was told

The alleged victim told Brocklebank he was making a complaint to an industry ombudsman over the incident and reported her to police. She responded by offering a free massage and wrote, ‘again apologies, friends’ birthday. I shouldn’t mix business with pleasure’, the court was told

Mr Godfree denied remembering any of the conversations, repeatedly saying: ‘I do not recollect.’

When Mr Godfree said this about a number of other messages, Ms Brocklebank’s defence asked, ‘Do you have a problem with your memory, Mr Godfree? Do you have a medical problem?’

Mr Godfree did not respond, but said Ms Brocklebank was ‘acting provocatively and playing with her hair while in a bikini.’

Brocklebank’s defence argued this point, saying, ‘I put it to you that you are lying.

‘You know that Ms Brocklebank was in fact wearing this.’

Ms Brocklebank’s defence then brought out with a flourish, a black, modest, one piece swimsuit, with white polka dots.

The customer  said Brocklebank's alleged behaviour  left him feeling 'violated'

Left: Huntingdon Spa. Right: Brocklebank, who was also charged with perverting the course of justice by sending ‘offensive and threatening electronic messages’

Mr Godfree claimed that that was not the swimsuit that Ms Brocklebank was wearing on the evening in question.

The court heard that Ms Brocklebank was a ‘six out of 10 drunk on a scale’ and ‘spilt champagne on herself’ twice, after inviting a different client to join her in the spa.

The business owner denies one count of sexual assault with an alternative of common assault and perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.  

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