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Manchester teacher ‘broke her secret lesbian lover’s jaw’

Alexa Collier, 26, pictured, had been in a same-sex romance with Nicola Lees but had kept it and her sexuality secret from her family

Alexa Collier, 26, pictured, had been in a same-sex romance with Nicola Lees but had kept it and her sexuality secret from her family

Alexa Collier, 26, pictured, had been in a same-sex romance with Nicola Lees but had kept it and her sexuality secret from her family

A teacher broke the jaw of her secret lesbian lover as the victim revealed explicit details of their three year affair to her mother, a court heard.

Alexa Collier, 26, had been in a same-sex romance with Nicola Lees but had kept it and her sexuality secret from her family.

She flew into a violent rage when personal trainer Miss Lees, 28, became fed up at their relationship not going public and turned up at Collier’s home to reveal the truth to her mother Gill, it was alleged.

A doorstep argument is said to have broken out with 53-year old Mrs Collier calling Miss Lees a ‘slut’,  a ‘slag’ and a ‘tramp’.

But when the victim retorted: ‘I’m a tramp? Your daughter was in a hotel with me sh*gging’, Collier and Miss Lees started scuffling, it was said.

The blonde then allegedly punched Miss Lees in the face with such force that it broke her jaw which required surgery using screws and a metal plate.

The catfight occurred in July last year after the couple split up, Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester was told.

Miss Lees said: ‘We were together for three years and split up and we were still seeing each other, it was on and off.

‘She never made it clear she didn’t want to be in a relationship with me.

‘Alexa was telling me not to tell her mum and we were keeping it as a secret.

‘She was scared of coming out to her parents. If she didn’t want a relationship why was she with me for three years and still seeing me for a year?

‘Alexa was still seeing me, still texting me and going to hotel rooms. Clearly she was just doing it to keep me there hanging on.’

Miss Lees, 28, pictured left, turned up at Alexa Collier’s home to reveal the truth to her mother Gill, it was alleged. Miss Collier, 26, is pictured right

Miss Collier's 53-year-old mother Gill, pictured right with her daughter, is said to have called Miss Lees a 'slut', a 'slag' and a 'tramp'

Miss Collier's 53-year-old mother Gill, pictured right with her daughter, is said to have called Miss Lees a 'slut', a 'slag' and a 'tramp'

Miss Collier’s 53-year-old mother Gill, pictured right with her daughter, is said to have called Miss Lees a ‘slut’, a ‘slag’ and a ‘tramp’

The court heard how Miss Lees believed Collier was ‘playing with her emotions’ and told her she no longer wanted to be ‘messed about’.

But Collier later posted messages on Snapchat and Instagram which Miss Lees perceived as an attempt to ‘wind her up’ and she decided to go to her lover’s family home in Chadderton, near Oldham.

Miss Lees told the jury: ‘I went to her house with the intention to sort everything out and speak to her mum and get out what we had been doing for many years.

‘My aim of going round was to put everything straight with her mum.

‘I felt we needed to talk about things and I was claimed to be this person that I’m not.

‘I’m a nice person and everything needed to come out that we were in a relationship.

‘I was told to go away because she didn’t want me to tell her mum that she was in a relationship with me and still seeing me.

The court heard how Miss Lees, pictured, believed Collier was 'playing with her emotions' and told her she no longer wanted to be 'messed about'

The court heard how Miss Lees, pictured, believed Collier was 'playing with her emotions' and told her she no longer wanted to be 'messed about'

The court heard how Miss Lees, pictured, believed Collier was ‘playing with her emotions’ and told her she no longer wanted to be ‘messed about’

Miss Lees, pictured, was allegedly punched in the face with such force that it broke her jaw which required surgery using screws and a metal plate

Miss Lees, pictured, was allegedly punched in the face with such force that it broke her jaw which required surgery using screws and a metal plate

Miss Lees, pictured, was allegedly punched in the face with such force that it broke her jaw which required surgery using screws and a metal plate

‘When I was told to go away her mum ran out of the house and started calling me a slag and slut, tramp and said “get away from my house”.

‘I went to get in the car and Alexa came following me.

‘I was shouting that it was all her mother’s fault that the relationship broke down and she forced us to split up.

‘I did say if I was that much of a tramp and a slag why was your daughter sleeping with me for the last week.

‘The relationship wasn’t entirely over – she kept telling me she loved me and would always love me.

‘A neighbour came over and stood in the middle of us and I don’t remember much else, I was hit.

‘The injury I sustained was a fractured jaw which the hospital had to operate on.

Collier, pictured, denies causing grievous bodily harm. The trial continues at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester

Collier, pictured, denies causing grievous bodily harm. The trial continues at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester

Collier, pictured, denies causing grievous bodily harm. The trial continues at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester

Collier, pictured, had posted messages on Snapchat and Instagram which Miss Lees perceived as an attempt to 'wind her up', a court heard

Collier, pictured, had posted messages on Snapchat and Instagram which Miss Lees perceived as an attempt to 'wind her up', a court heard

Collier, pictured, had posted messages on Snapchat and Instagram which Miss Lees perceived as an attempt to ‘wind her up’, a court heard

‘After I received the blow I had gone home and my jaw was really sore. I lost the feeling in my chin, lip and side of my face. It just felt like it was hanging low.

‘I couldn’t physically move when it happened. I couldn’t physically speak because it was sore, I was just mumbling words.’

Prosecutor David Bentley said: ‘For the first two years of their relationship it was a secret but by the third year Nicola wanted everyone to know that they were a couple.

‘The defendant’s parents did not know she was in a relationship with another woman, although some of their friends knew.

‘It seems that the relationship started to fail as a result of Nicola’s desire for it to become less secretive.

‘Although the relationship had ended there was still contact over time between the two and it seems they spent time together in a hotel three weeks before the incident occurred.

‘The complainant describes the defendant playing with her emotions and she asked a friend to take her to the address to speak to the defendant and her mum.

Miss Lees, pictured, told a court: 'She was scared of coming out to her parents. If she didn't want a relationship why was she with me for three years and still seeing me for a year?'

Miss Lees, pictured, told a court: 'She was scared of coming out to her parents. If she didn't want a relationship why was she with me for three years and still seeing me for a year?'

Miss Lees, pictured, told a court: ‘She was scared of coming out to her parents. If she didn’t want a relationship why was she with me for three years and still seeing me for a year?’

‘Once she arrived at the address, the complainant knocked on the door. The defendant’s mum answered the door and the complainant asked to speak to Alexa.

‘When the defendant came to the door the complainant told her she needed to stop posting things on social media and if they were not going to be together then they needed to stay away from each other.

‘Alexa has gone inside the address and Nicola has turned to walk back to the car in which she arrived.

‘Nicola then heard Alexa’s mother shouting, “I want to speak to Nicola”.

‘The defendant stopped her at the front door but Nicola could hear her saying she wanted to speak to her and telling her to stay away.

‘The defendant’s mum came up close to Nicola telling her to stay away and calling her a “tramp”.

‘The complainant responded by saying, “You don’t know what’s been going on, do you know Alexa’s still seeing me?”

‘Upon hearing this the defendant walked over to the complainant. There was pushing and shoving but no hitting.

‘But as the complainant went to the passenger side of her friend’s car to get back in the defendant’s mum shouted, “Get away from my door, you tramp”.

‘The complainant was annoyed and shouted back, “I’m a tramp? Your daughter was in a hotel with me, sh*gging me”.

‘As soon as she had said this the defendant leaned around her neighbour who was stood between the two women and punched the complainant to the left side of her face before walking back towards the house.

‘The complainant got back into the car and left the area but her face felt sore and she had lost sensation in her lip and chin area, with her facing starting to swell.’

Miss Lees attended North Manchester General Hospital where her face was x-rayed and underwent surgery to have a metal plate and three screws fitted to her lower jaw, which held her lower teeth in place.

Collier said no comment in a police interview. She denies causing grievous bodily harm. The trial continues.

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