Jury continues to consider its verdict over Harwich dock worker accused of rape

PUBLISHED: 16:58 17 January 2019 | UPDATED: 20:31 17 January 2019

James Mann appeared on video link from jail at Ipswich Crown Court  Picture: ARCHANT

James Mann appeared on video link from jail at Ipswich Crown Court Picture: ARCHANT

The jury in the trial of an Essex dock worker accused of raping a drunk woman before leaving her semi-naked on a pavement is expected to continue its deliberations tomorrow.

Before Ipswich Crown Court is Joe Jordan, 24, of Main Road, Harwich, who denies two offences of raping the woman on July 17 last year.

Giving evidence during his trial Jordan said the woman had no difficulty talking and had initiated the sex that took place in his car.

He said that at no time did she say or do anything to indicate she wasn’t consenting to what was going on.

It has been alleged that Jordan raped the woman in his Ford Mondeo after offering to take her home.

The court has heard that witnesses in Parkeston saw a man pull a drunk semi-naked woman out of his car by her arms and drop her on the pavement.

Lesley Bates, prosecuting, claimed the woman wasn’t capable of consenting to sex because of her level of intoxication.

Tests showed she was four-and-a-half times the limit for driving.

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