The truth - Fenton and Camacchio were on the stairs, dumbstruck by the vicious assault for a few moments until they stepped forward to hold him back and send him on his way.
Importantly both witnesses agree with Christine that she was attacked by Gordon and at her later trial will confirm Christine version of events on oath.
Reporting - Camacchio evidence in court
""We went downstairs, Miss Keeler in front. Fenton and I followed and Miss Marshall was behind. Miss Keeler opened the door and 'Lucky' Gordon rushed in. Miss Keeler screamed. He stayed there and said: "I want to talk to you."
Keeler had then said: "I do not want to talk to you," or something like that.
Gordon grabbed Miss Keeler by the arm..They struggled and fell to the floor..
Mr Camacchio said that Keeler crawled upstairs..
"The Daily Telegraph" report on 7 December 1963 included the words:
"according to Camacchio, Gordon grabbed Keeler and struck her."
The police are called sometime before 12.45 am, but both Fenton and Camacchio beg Paula not to tell the police they were there, one says he is on probation, both are married and both are West Indian nervous of the police.
Christine had only just met the two men and believes their involvement is incidental anyway. So when the police arrive she tells them the lie about who was present.
Dr Francis Hughes examines Christine's injuries and confirms an assault.
On the 19th April Lucky Gordon is arrested for assault on Christine. He is interviewed and also gives a statement to Chief Inspector Samuel Herbert on the sepoerate Stephen Ward case.
At trial, Lucky Gordon maintained that he was not responsible for all of her injuries, claiming she had “run in to a doorway trying to get away from him” in court he did concede that he attacked her, that he ‘slapped’ her and she had sustained injuries. (page 34 of testimony).
When Christine was asked about the two witnesses she and says they weren’t there, For this she will later be charged with perjury (page 28 of testimony).
Dr Hughes gave evidence that at around 12:45am on 18 April 1963, he arrived by car at 33 Devonshire Street to examine Christine. His evidence was that Christine's bruises were consistent with the usage of deliberate force. Dr Hughes stated: “I found that she had a half-inch cut above her left eyebrow. There was a one inch linear bruise above the right cheek bone, and she had a large swelling over her left cheek bone which extended down to the side of her nose. She had a livid mark over her right tenth rib, and she was tender in the stomach and over the left ribs. She had bruising of the left buttock, and I found that she was in a state of extreme nervous tension and extremely excited.”
Transcripts of the trial