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A woman named Georgia tricked a teenage girl into sex by hiding her long blonde hair under a hood and pretending to be a boy called George, a jury heard today.
Georgia Bilham, 21, set up a fake Snapchat profile under the name ‘George Parry’ using a cartoon image of a blond-haired man as her profile picture and began messaging her online, it was alleged.
They progressed to meeting up for sexual activity in ‘George’s’ car, and later at her home, where ‘he’ kept up the pretence and tried to dismiss her mounting suspicions that ‘he’ was really female, the court was told.
While ‘George’ regularly performed sex acts on the accuser, when she tried to lower ‘his’ Calvin Klein boxer shorts ‘he’ began shaking until she stopped, it was alleged.
‘George’ told her he was too afraid to take off his top or even lower the hood because he was involved with an Albanian criminal gang.
Georgia Bilham, 21, set up a fake Snapchat profile under the name ‘George Parry’ using a cartoon image of a blond-haired man as her profile picture and began messaging her online, it was alleged
They progressed to meeting up for sexual activity in ‘George’s’ car, and later at her home, where ‘he’ kept up the pretence and tried to dismiss her mounting suspicions that ‘he’ was really female, the court was told
He also said he was self-conscious due to a scar from being stabbed, according to the prosecution.
However the accuser – who cannot be named for legal reasons – finally learnt the truth after researching Bilham online and confronted ‘George’.
In a message, she wrote: ‘Just admit you’ve been caught out, I know more than enough now.’
Bilham allegedly deleted the Snapchat account under George’s name before writing back: ‘I don’t even dress like a lad, it just took over my life.’
After that, the girl contacted police and Bilham was arrested.
Opening her trial at Chester Crown Court, Anna Pope, prosecuting, said the accuser was not fully consenting to sexual activity because she believed ‘George’ was really male.
Whether Bilham was ‘attracted’ to the alleged victim ‘or whether she gained some form of buzz from duping another woman into believing she was communicating both verbally and physically with a man, is not known,’ she added.
But she said the ‘real issue’ was whether the complainant ‘believed when she was engaging in sexual activity that she was doing so with a man’.
While ‘George’ regularly performed sex acts on the accuser, when she tried to lower ‘his’ Calvin Klein boxer shorts ‘he’ began shaking until she stopped, it was alleged
Bilham is charged with nine counts of sexual assault and eight counts of penetration, all of which she denies.
Bilham, who arrived at court dressed in a loose-fitting cardigan over a black strappy top, tight black jeans and trainers and with her long blonde hair down, began messaging her with the Snapchat profile George_132, the court heard today.
‘George’ told her his parents were dead and that he was from Birmingham but was living near Chester and working for Albanian gangsters, Ms Pope said.
In 2021 they began meeting up on local railway tracks where Bilham would be ‘wearing boys’ clothes’, Ms Pope said.
‘He had a hood pulled up over his head.’
She added that this ‘was to be a feature of all of their meetings’, with ‘George’ keeping ‘his’ hood up so the girl couldn’t see ‘the true length of Georgia’s hair’.
The girl began to feel ‘an attraction’ to ‘George’, who she believed was a young man, Ms Pope said, and ‘he’ would pick her up in ‘his’ car and take her for a drive.
Each time, ‘George’ would ask her to remove her glasses, meaning she could not see his face properly, jurors were told.
In addition, the court heard ‘George’ spoke like a man in a Birmingham accent – jurors were told they would be played a voice note that Bilham had sent her via Snapchat in the guise of his ‘alter ego’ of George.
They first kissed on May 10, 2021, but later that evening the car became stuck and ‘George’ started to ‘panic’ when police arrived at the scene and suggested they make a run for it, Ms Pope said.
‘We say that Georgia Bilham was right to be concerned that her true identity would be revealed, because that night, it very nearly was,’ she said.
Officers took ‘George’ to their patrol car to check ‘his’ details, and the girl overheard them using the name ‘Georgia’.
Afterwards she ‘confronted ‘George’ and ‘demanded an explanation,’ the prosecuting barrister said, asking: ‘Are you a girl?’
She said ‘George’ denied it, telling her: ‘It’s a fake licence, ‘cos I don’t have one, that’s why I told you to run….’
She gave ‘him’ until the next morning to prove to her that he was not a girl, but ‘George’ was unable to do so.
However ‘he’ sent her a ‘selfie’ purporting to be himself showing a ‘young man with blonde hair and no top on,’ Ms Pope said.
Later ‘George’ sent her a message saying: ‘On my way back to Brum with Slitta, he picked up kilos and decided to get in a police chase.’
Ms Pope told jurors this was ‘keeping up the pretence of being George from Birmingham with criminal associates’.
‘He’ also told her the reason he always had his hood up ‘was linked to his involvement with the Albanian gang members’, she added, and was ‘paranoid about being followed’.
‘We say that, despite her initial concerns, she trusted him, and believed that what he was telling her about his identity was true,’ Ms Pope said.
On a later car trip they went to the Horseshoe Pass, a beauty spot in North Wales, where after pulling over she allowed ‘George’ to carry out sex acts on her, jurors were told.
‘She was able to see that George was wearing Calvin Klein boxer shorts,’ Ms Pope said.
She ‘tried to remove his lower clothing so that she too could sexually touch him’, but as she pulled them ‘to just by the hip area’, George ‘stopped’, lay on top of her ‘and started to shake’.
Thinking he was ‘nervous’ and may have been sexually abused when ‘he’ was younger, she ‘did not push it’.
The prosecution case is that if she had ‘had lowered his tracksuit bottoms and boxer shorts, she would have found out that George Parry was in fact Georgia Bilham,’ Ms Pope told jurors.
Over the next few weeks, their intimacy progressed, the court heard, but to the girl’s ‘frustration’, ‘George’ would not let her perform sex acts on ‘him’, the court heard.
Ms Pope said: ‘George often gave excuses, such as, for example, that he had been stabbed, and because of the scar, he felt self-conscious and didn’t like to be touched’.
He began staying over at her family home but continued to wear tracksuit bottoms and a top with the hood up, she said.
He was ‘not as relaxed’ as when they were in the car due to the ‘much greater risk’ that someone would realise ‘he’ wasn’t who he claimed to be, she added.
However her mother became suspicious after meeting ‘George’ and told her she was being deceived.
Jurors were told that Bilham’s defence is likely to be that while sexual activity did take place as alleged, the issue for them to decide was whether the girl knew ‘George’ was really female.
The trial continues.