Woman subjected to sex assault

A FRIGHTENED woman was dragged to an Ipswich town centre car park after a night out with a friend and subjected to a sexual attack by two complete strangers, it has been alleged.

A FRIGHTENED woman was dragged to an Ipswich town centre car park after a night out with a friend and subjected to a sexual attack by two complete strangers, it has been alleged.

The 31-year-old woman, who had been drinking, was taken to an area behind a container between the Regent Theatre and the Odeon Cinema and attacked, Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday.

“She was well affected by drink - a point that would have been perfectly obvious to both the defendants - and in no position to consent one way or the other,” said John Farmer, prosecuting.

“She didn't want to have sex with anyone let alone two strangers on the ground near a pile of rubbish.”

Before the court are Paul Tavares, 27, of Nacton Road, Ipswich and Carlos Almeida, 25, of Macaulay Road, Ipswich.

Both men have denied raping the woman by forcing her to perform oral sex on them. Tavares has also denied attempting to rape the woman.

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Mr Farmer told the court that on February 11 the alleged victim had gone to the Shout nightclub in Ipswich with a friend and had “a fair amount” to drink.

After leaving the nightclub she and her friend had gone to the Hawk Express taxi rank in Old Foundry Road where her friend had got into a taxi.

Tavares and Almeida had also gone to the taxi rank at the same time and had allegedly forced the woman across the road into the car park.

There they allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on each of them. She was then forced to the ground where Tavares had allegedly removed her trousers and underwear and unsuccessfully tried to have sex with her.

After the men had walked off and left her, the woman managed to put her trousers back on and made her way to a telephone box where she called a friend.

Cross-examined by Mathew McNiff, for Tavares, the woman denied that she had been a willing participant in what happened in the car park and that after performing oral sex on Tavares she had not been touched sexually by him in any other way.

Questioned by Greg Perrins, for Almeida, the alleged victim agreed that because of the amount she had to drink there were parts of the evening that she had no recollection of. She accepted that because of the state she was in she might have been confused about what actually happened in the car park.

However, re-examined by Mr Farmer, she said that she had been forced to perform oral sex on two men and not just one.

She said she had felt frightened and unable to escape because one of the men had stood in front of her and the other behind her.

The trial continues today.

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