Spa owner accused of sexual assault was 'having a laugh'

Kerry Brocklebank (pictured) is accused of sexually assaulting a man at her health spa

Kerry Brocklebank (pictured) is accused of sexually assaulting a man at her health spa

A health spa owner accused of sexually assaulting a man during an unwanted massage later sent him a message that said: 'I was only trying to have a laugh with you,' a court has heard.

Kerry Brocklebank, 43, admits she was 'a little bit tipsy' and dressed in a swimming costume when she rubbed the keen runner's lower leg.

But she denies claims she touched his thighs, lower back and shoulders as he waited for a sports massage from therapist Henry Godfree.

Brocklebank, who owned and lived in the Huntingdon Spa and UK Sports Massage, in Cambridgeshire, was asked about a series of messages sent to the alleged victim after the incident on October 11 last year.

Cambridge Crown Court heard one read 'I shouldn't mix business with pleasure,' another said 'please forgive me,' while Brocklebank wrote in a third: 'I was only trying to have a laugh with you'.

Prosecutor Stephen Mather asked Brocklebank: 'It suggests some sort of jokey banter, flirtatious involvement?' 

She replied: 'No, it was just me trying to smooth things over, to stop things going any further and causing problems for me.'

Brocklebank has suggested she interrupted something 'inappropriate' between him and Mr Godfree and said she performed a calf massage to 'break the ice'.

On Friday she raised questions about a broken £450 electric massage bed

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