A woman was left with bruises on her neck and back after she was allegedly raped by a 41-year-old west Suffolk man, a court has heard.

Lee Weekes, who had been drinking, allegedly grabbed the woman's hair and had sex with her despite her protests, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

David Matthew, prosecuting, claimed Weekes was "very rough" and hurt the woman who told him "no" and "stop".

After the alleged rape, the woman had a bruise on her neck caused by a "love bite" and bruising across her back and shoulders, said Mr Matthew.

Weekes, of Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, has denied raping the woman in 2020.

Mr Matthew told the jury it was "a disgrace and an embarrassment" to the criminal justice system that it had taken more than three years for the case to come to trial and said the Covid pandemic was partly to blame for the delay.

He said that after his arrest Weekes told police he had consensual sex with the woman and explained the bruises on her body by saying she bruised easily.

The trial continues.