Pc Benjamin Monk is being cross-examined by Alexandra Healy QC for the crown. Below is their back-and-forth.
Ms Healy will be denoted as “CPS”, and Pc Monk as “Monk”.
CPS: At stage, had Mr Atkinson touched you?
CPS: Had he at any stage laid a finger on Miss Bettley-Smith?
CPS: But on two separate occasion, you said you had had to run for your lives?
CPS: And on those two occasions, do you agree that on your version of events he’d never pursued you for more than a second or two?
Monk: No, wouldn’t agree with that. Distance wise, it was the length of the drive and marginally into the road.
CPS: So from front door, the length of the drive and into the road?
Monk: That’s the first one.
CPS: The second?
Monk: I’ve got less of a memory of that. He came after us and then stopped at the pillar.
CPS: From the front door and then marginally into the road. That can’t have been more than a second or two.
Monk: I can’t tell you what the time is.
CPS: But you were running for lives?
CPS: But he was certainly not on your version of events, pursuing you with any determined vigour.
Monk: I don’t agree
CPS: He stopped at the pillar. So you stand by do you, that you having run for your lives?
Monk: Completely, yes.