Couple ‘used black magic to force 11-year-old schoolgirl into submission before husband repeatedly raped her’
- Carolee Hickman allegedly told schoolgirl she was part of a witches’ coven
- She is accused of using ‘black magic’ to force girl into sex with husband
- Albert Hickman, 65, accused of raping girl, aged 11, repeatedly in Cardiff
- Alleged victim, now in 50s, said memories of allegations had resurfaced
- Hickmans both deny the charges against them and the trial continues
Carolee Hickman, 64, allegedly told the schoolgirl she was a part of a powerful witches’ coven and forced her to have sex with her 65-year-old husband Albert (pictured together outside Cardiff court)
A woman posing as a witch used ‘black magic’ to convince an 11-year-old schoolgirl into submission before her husband repeatedly raped her, a court heard.
Carolee Hickman, 64, from St Athan near Cardiff, allegedly told the schoolgirl that she was a part of a powerful witches’ coven and forced her to have sex with her 65-year-old husband Albert.
Cardiff Crown Court heard how Hickman had a special ‘bejewelled knife’ which she used to cut her victims thumb before sucking her blood.
The victim, now in her 50s, said the horror of what happened to her while at school had been buried for 40 years, before her memories resurfaced.
She told the court: ‘Carolee said she was a witch and would come and get me and would make my mother ill – she even said she could kill my mother if she wanted to.
‘She had a knife with a jewelled handle kept in a wooden box with carvings on the top. She cut my hand and sucked the blood out of it.
‘There were tarot cards she used to tell our fortunes and she even had a black cape.’
The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said she went to the Hickman’s home aged 11 while skipping school with friends.
The couple allegedly gave the girl and her friends ‘pagan crosses’ to wear before plying them with cigarettes and alcohol.
The alleged victim said: ‘She told me she was a member of a coven and moved on to kissing me, then touching me and me touching her, both of us naked in bed together.
‘I was on the bed when she held my arms while he [Albert Hickman] raped me.’
Cardiff Crown Court heard how her fear about what could happen made her return to the house over and over again.
Speaking through tears, she said: ‘I didn’t want to go and be raped daily by her – I was too frightened not to go.’
She said the abuse came back to her bit by bit when she started having counselling following a series of family tragedies, including bereavements and cancer.
Her counsellor said alarm bells rang for her when the woman talked of a dark cloud hanging over her, not just since the illnesses and deaths as you would expect, but for 40 years.
‘I asked about her childhood but she could remember very little’, the counsellor said.
‘I would ask her to try to think back – it was her choice – but she was so frightened she didn’t want to look there.
‘She knew she lived under a black cloud but was petrified of finding out why.’
Cardiff Crown Court heard how the Albert Hickman, who used to work for the RAF, is accused of rape while his wife is charged with indecent assault and aiding and abetting rape. Both deny the historic allegations
Eventually she did think back, it was said, and the first returning memories were of black magic, pornography and a woman.
‘She remembered darkness and suffocating because a man was on top of her and a woman was holding her down,’ the counsellor said.
‘She was controlled by a fear that she must not tell anyone.’
The alleged victim added: ‘I don’t know how the brain works, how it gets rid of bad things but I remembered nothing – apart from over the years, every now and again Carolee’s name would pop into my mind and I would feel frightened.’
Barristers for the couple suggested that any talk of the occult from Mrs Hickman to the schoolgirl and her friends, would have only been about thriller writer Dennis Wheatley.
‘She did talk about him but what happened was nothing to do with Dennis Wheatley – it was her doing these things to me,’ the alleged victim said.
Mr Hickman is accused of raping the girl during the encounter set up by his wife, at their home.
The jury heard how they also discussed black magic and did tarot card readings with the girl.
Hickman, who used to work for the RAF, is accused of rape while his wife is charged with indecent assault and aiding and abetting rape.
The couple both deny the allegations which date between 1972 and 1975.
The trial continues.
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