A woman accused of posing as a man to dupe a teenage girl into having a sexual relationship posted a message saying it was ‘a stupid mistake that shouldn’t have happened’, a court has heard.
Georgia Bilham, 21, is said to have used the alias ‘George Parry’, dressed in men’s clothing keeping a hood up, and removed her alleged victim’s glasses whenever they were together.
The ruse was only uncovered when the 19-year-old complainant’s mother became suspicious and told her she believed ‘George is a girl’, Chester Crown Court has heard.
After she was confronted in August 2021, Bilham told her in a message read in court: ‘I never meant for it to get this far. I’m so sorry for all of it. It was never me and it shouldn’t have happened.’
She told her alleged victim she hated herself for what she had done and had wanted to end it but ‘didn’t know how’.
Bilham added: ‘I didn’t even dress like a lad, it just took over my life.
‘It was a stupid, stupid, stupid mistake that shouldn’t have happened.’
Giving evidence, the teen’s mother said her daughter had told her about seeing someone called George, who she said had social anxiety so kept his hood up.
She said her daughter seemed ‘really happy’ in the relationship and had a ‘spark in her eye’.
The mother told the court: ‘I asked her if she was doing sexual things with George, and she said yeah.
‘I said, “with his hood up?” and she said “yeah”, and I thought “bit strange”.’
The court heard following a car crash in May 2021 the complainant overheard Bilham give her details to police.
PC Dave Fallows said the woman, in the passenger seat when the car collided with a hedge in the early hours of May 11, said she ‘felt sick’ after she discovered the person she was with was female.
He said: ‘She believed that it was a male she’d been talking to over the internet and that they weren’t going to have any further contact.’
But the court heard Bilham claimed she had been using a fake licence so the complainant continued to see her.
She sent a screenshot of messages with someone she said was part of an Albanian gang and claimed she had been collected from the scene by one of the Albanians.
Bilham was actually picked up by her father, jurors heard.
The complainant’s mother said: ‘When (my daughter) came home from the crash I thought there’s no way somebody has got away with a girl’s ID, there’s not a chance, but when she showed me the screenshot, she was telling me what George was telling her and that he was going to send away for his passport and all these things, it made me believe it was true.’
She said ‘George’ had stayed at their house on four occasions, but she only met him once, although she knew he had stayed because the toilet seat had been left up.
Bilham, of Alpraham, Cheshire, denies nine sexual assaults and eight counts of assault by penetration.
Her trial continues.
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