Instead, he said that after they had drunk up to five bottles of wine she had kicked and bitten him when he tried to turn down the loud music she had put on.
The Senator has accused Miss Hase of blackmail, saying she told him in a text message that she would tell the police she had been assaulted by him if he pursued her for the repayment of £2,250 that she owed him. The court had heard earlier in the day that although she gave a statement to the police the day after the incident, she did not make a formal complaint until he went to complain about her kicking and biting him.
On Tuesday, Miss Hase claimed that the Senator had slapped her and kicked her in the head four times after she spurned his sexual advances after he cooked her dinner at his home. She says that she passed out, and woke up at home with no memory of how she got there.
But when Senator Breckon – one of the longest-serving States Members, who once ran for Chief Minister – took the stand yesterday, he told a different story to the jury of eight women and four men.
Advocate Rebecca Morley-Kirk, defending, said to him: ‘She said that you slapped her and that she put her hands up to say no. What do you say to that?’
‘I didn’t,’ said the Senator.
The advocate continued: ‘She said she went down on one knee and you kicked her four times – it could be more. What do you say to that?’
‘I didn’t,’ repeated the Senator.
Asked to explain what had happened, he said: ‘The music was really loud. It would have stopped the traffic. It was shaking the house. That was when I said, “Come on, you need to turn it down.”
‘She was not having any of it, and she tried to stop me getting to the CD player. I reached around her to turn it down. She had her back to me and she [swore at him].
‘She was trying to stop me turning it down, pushing my hand back.
‘She had no shoes on, she back-heeled me two or three times on the bottom of my leg near the ankle.
‘Then she grabbed hold of my hand and bit my arm.’
He said that Miss Hase had left the house straight away afterwards, ignoring his offer of money for a taxi home.
And he said that in text messages the following day, she said that if he pursued her over ‘expenses’ – which he took to mean the £2,250 he had lent her – she would go to the police.
‘I found that strange, in that there was an immediate connection between money owed and injuries she had, of which I had no knowledge,’ he said.
‘And that I considered, and I said to the police, it looked like blackmail.’
Senator Breckon was due back in the witness box this morning and will face cross-examination from Crown Advocate Stephen Baker.
Earlier yesterday, under cross-examination, Miss Hase had confirmed that she had suffered from a drinking problem. And she was shown a form she filled in to stay at rehabilitation centre Silkworth Lodge, asking how alcohol had affected her, on which she had written: ‘ It stops me being a true parent and a reliable employee and tenant. It makes me messy, selfish and dishonest.’
She denied that the assault allegation was motivated by money, confirming that just weeks after the incident she had reached out to him again when she was arrested for drink-driving.
Miss Hase said that the Senator had helped her to prepare for her court appearance and lent her £200 to pay a fine, even though she had made the complaint against him.
Advocate Morley-Kirk asked her: ‘He did not slap you at all, did he?
Miss Hase responded: ‘Yes, he did.’
The advocate continued: ‘He did not kick you at all, did he?’
Miss Hase responded: ‘He did, four times at least, possibly more, with his shoes on.’
The advocate said: ‘I have to suggest to you that you are lying about Mr Breckon.’
‘I’m not lying about Mr Breckon,’ was the response.
The trial, which is being heard before former High Court judge Dame