A COLD War bunker museum owner accused of sexually assaulting two girls has blamed the attacks on a GHOST, a trial heard.
James Mitchell, 58, is said to have targeted two teenagers at Scotland’s Secret Bunker tourist site near Crail, Fife.
The businessman told cops probing the alleged sex assault that his daughter had seen phantoms at the Cold War-era base.
Police officer Kevin Petrie told jurors that when Mitchell was quizzed on one alleged victim he replied: “A ghost had touched her leg.”
The Sergeant gave evidence after a woman told a court Mitchell had entered her room as she slept then put his hand under covers and touched her leg before sneaking out.
The officer testified that Mitchell had denied the assault in a police interview and said he had only heard about it from a relative.
Referring to his notebook, Sgt Petrie told Dundee Sheriff Court that he had asked Mitchell: “What were you told or what do you think happened?”
The officer said Mitchell had replied: “It was that long ago but somebody touched her leg.
“It was supposed to be a ghost because my daughter has seen ghosts in the place.
“We have had seances and lots of spiritual people in — spiritual people come all the time.
“There was supposed to be ghosts. That’s what I heard. A ghost had touched her leg.”
When the cop put it to him that the alleged victim woke when she felt her leg being touched, saw the businessman and watched as he left the bedroom, Mitchell replied: “Piddle.
“Absolute rubbish. That is an absolute outright lie.”
He later said the underground shelter was “pitch black” so the young woman, who was in her late teens, “could not have seen” what she had claimed.
The woman told the jury she had fled with a pal at 4am after the alleged assault near Crail, Fife, in August or September 2011.
The Scotland’s Secret bunker owner is accused of sexually assaulting two teenagers four years apart.
A second woman claims he assaulted her when she was 15.
She claimed Mitchell tried to kiss her before groping her genitals.
She said she told him to stop before he carried out a sex act on her between May and July in 2015.
Mitchell, of Lower Largo, Fife, denies all charges.
The trial before Sheriff Alastair Carmichael continues.
The blast resort
THE Secret Bunker was built in 1951 during the Cold War to protect against possible nuclear attacks.
VIPs and Royalty would have been taken there in the event of a Russian missile launch.
The underground structure would also have been used to govern Scotland from.
A heavy blast-proof entrance door is at the end of a 150ft-long tunnel.
It lies 100ft underground and is the size of two football pitches.
The bunker, which was actively used for 40 years could only be accessed from a hidden passageway in an unassuming farmhouse.
The home was built to protect the identity of the site and has never been lived in.
The bunker opened to the public in 1994.