Jury sees rape victim's video
PUBLISHED: 15:39 28 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 11 May 2010
A woman told a jury how she was raped in a car park in Royston after a drunken night out in which she became separated from her husband. In a police video played at Luton Crown Court, the 26 year old woman told how she was attacked as she made her way ho
A woman told a jury how she was raped in a car park in Royston after a drunken night out in which she became separated from her husband.
In a police video played at Luton Crown Court, the 26 year old woman told how she was attacked as she made her way home.
She said: "One of the guys started pushing and got aggressive. He pushed me to the ground. I tried to fight as hard as I could.
"He was holding my wrists. I was kicking and fighting and I started screaming."
She said she was then raped, got home and the police were called.
The prosecution alleged the attacker was 45-year-old Robin Oakes, who it was alleged had followed her from a pub, saying he was going to make sure she got home safely.
Oakes, of Swinburne Close, Royston, has pleaded not guilty to rape and an alternative charge of sexual assault. He told the police he did not have intercourse with her, but there had been some sexual touching at her instigation.
Ian Wade, prosecuting, said the married mother was out for the evening of October 28, 2006 with her husband and a friend from London, drinking in several pubs.
He said: "It is true that she drunk a great deal. A blood test later registered the equivalent of three and a half times the legal driving limit. She was not paralytic, but had some difficulty remembering the precise details of that evening.
"She became separated from her husband and friend, quite how it is not known. She was then seen in the Coach and Horses alone. She was a blond, attractive woman who said to the world at large 'who's going to buy me a drink then?'," said the prosecutor.
In fact the landlord said he thought she should leave. Oakes was drinking at the bar and was seen to leave his drunk and leave the pub saying he was going to make sure she was alright.
The jury was told that the defendant's blood was discovered on her clothing, including inside her knickers. But no semen that could be linked to him was found.
He was arrested at the end of November and during the first three interviews did not answer police questions.
But in the fourth interview he told how he followed her from the pub and helped her. He said she could barely walk and he gave her a fireman's lift some of the way.
But then he alleged she "came on to him" and led him to a dark area where they kissed and touched each other. But then her mood suddenly altered and he just left her there.
His explanation for the blood was that it must have come from a cold sore on his lip that was bleeding.
The case continues
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