Rape accused claims victim agreed to sex

AN IPSWICH bar manager accused of raping a woman and then leaving her naked in the street has claimed they had consensual sex.

Jane Hunt

AN IPSWICH bar manager accused of raping a woman and then leaving her naked in the street has claimed they had consensual sex.

Giving evidence on the second day of his trial at Ipswich Crown Court Jamie Scoulding told a jury that he had taken the 22-year-old woman back to Keo's bar in St Nicholas Street, Ipswich after closing time so she could collect a bag she had left there.

Once there they had a few drinks and he had put on some music.


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Scoulding claimed the woman had started dancing and “flashing” her breasts at him and had then pushed her body against his as she was dancing.

He said they had then started kissing and “groping” each other and she had removed her top and tried to undo his trousers.

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At that stage Scoulding, who has a girlfriend and a baby daughter, told the woman he couldn't have sex with her but when she had continued he didn't stop her and they had sex.

He said the woman had seemed to be enjoying herself and gave him no indication that she didn't want to have sex with him.

However he claimed that after they finished having sex she realised he hadn't used any contraception and her mood had changed.

“She was shouting and screaming,” said Scoulding.

He said he had retaliated by calling her a “dirty slut” and she had thrown a glass at him which struck him on the shoulder before smashing on the bar.

Scoulding, 22, of Hyperion Court, Ipswich, has denied raping the woman on June 24 but has admitted assaulting her causing her actual bodily harm on the night in question.

It has been alleged that Scoulding met the woman in the Milestone pub in Ipswich and insisted she went back to Keo's with him in the early hours of the morning to pick up a bag.

Steven Dyble, prosecuting claimed that while at Keo's Scoulding had either raped the woman after knocking her unconscious or had taken advantage of her drunken state and raped her.

The jury was shown CCTV footage of Scoulding throwing the woman's belongings into the street and then dragging her naked body out of the bar and leaving her on the pavement.

The court has heard that Scoulding had later called for an ambulance but had given police a false name and claimed he didn't know how the woman had come to be there.

He had also lied to the police by claiming he had come across the woman staggering in the street with blood on her face and had invited her back to Keo's to clean her up.

He later changed his story and admitted that he had caused injuries to the woman's face by punching her during a drunken row after they had consensual sex.

Scoulding is expected to continue giving his evidence today .

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