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Attack victim feared she would be killed

A WOMAN allegedly raped after accepting a stranger’s offer to walk her home after they met outside a seafront nightclub, told how she was attacked without warning.

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nigel wilkinson, whitley bay rape scene

A WOMAN allegedly raped after accepting a stranger’s offer to walk her home after they met outside a seafront nightclub, told how she was attacked without warning.

She said the man appeared to be “the perfect gentleman” when they started talking outside Deep in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside where she and a woman friend had ended up after an evening out.

But the woman said she feared she would be killed when he suddenly grabbed her from behind on a nettle-strewn patch of wasteland where she had gone to relieve herself.

She said the man put his hand over her mouth and told her not to scream.

“I thought I was going to die,” the woman said in a police video interview played to the jury yesterday at Newcastle Crown Court. “I was so shocked because he had seemed a nice sort of person. I didn’t think it was just a rape, I thought he was going to try and kill me.”

The woman, who is in her 30s, said the man stopped the attack after she ceased struggling and “pretended she was OK” with what was going on. She said he had then started to cry, given her some personal information about himself, including the fact he had a pregnant girlfriend, and even offered to go to the police station with her but she had told him to go home, fearing it was a ruse. She later told the court via a live television link, she had gone home and immediately contacted police. She said she was examined by a police surgeon and found to have scratches, bruises and nettle rash.

She accepted under cross-examination she was drunk when she left Deep nightclub around 3.15am, deciding to walk home after her friend began talking to someone else. But she broke down in tears when it was put to her by the defence that she and the man had mutually kissed as they walked together and she had willingly had sex with him.

Anthony Curran, 28, of Ridley Avenue, Wallsend, denies raping the woman in August last year. He also denies a second count of rape eight months earlier when he is alleged to have let himself into a house in Cullercoats, North Tyneside, in the early hours of the morning through an unlocked door and got into bed with a female stranger as her partner slept on a sofa downstairs.

The prosecution allege Curran – who has a previous conviction for rape in 2002 – targeted and exploited the vulnerability of the two women in order to force himself upon them, his motivation for the attacks being rape not sex.

The trial continues today.

 

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