Woman’s rape claim after girls’ night out

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A YOUNG woman was allegedly beaten up and raped twice at a house in Burnley after a girls’ night out, a jury heard.

The town’s crown court was told how the alleged victim, said to be “quite drunk” and to have taken cocaine, was subjected to a barrage of blows by Daniel Nigel Thomas, who then made her commit a sex act on him and had intercourse with her. The woman feared further violence if she resisted and later fled the property by jumping out of a window.

Thomas (22) had been released from jail just days before the early hours attack, after serving time for assault.

He was later arrested after the alleged victim made her way to a taxi office in just her bra and trousers and police were called. He was questioned, claimed he had pushed the woman and she had banged her head, but that the sex was consensual. Thomas, from Walshaw Street, Burnley, denies two counts of rape, on June 19th last year.

Miss Lisa Roberts (prosecuting) told the jury that between 2009 and 2010 Thomas appeared in court three times and admitted assault. On the third occasion, he was sent to prison.

The alleged victim, who would say she had had a lot to drink and a line of cocaine, went to a house where the defendant repeatedly hit her in the face and arms. She had sex with him fearing further violence.

Miss Roberts said the woman afterwards fled from the house and went to a nearby taxi office.

She burst into the office around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. and immediately claimed she had been beaten. A worker there made her a cup of tea and police were called.

The prosecutor said Thomas was arrested and taken to the police station. The woman was taken to hospital and on the way told officers the defendant had forced himself on her sexually. She was found to have suffered black eyes, a cut behind her ear, swelling to her head and bruises from her wrist to her elbow.

Thomas was questioned. He claimed the alleged victim had been very drunk and he had pushed her, but the sex was consensual. The defendant told officers he could not understand why she was making the allegations and claimed she must have got the injuries in a fight. (Proceeding)