Woman tells court of 'sex attack' ordeal

A WOMAN has told Ipswich Crown Court how she suffered the increasingly “volatile and erratic” behaviour of a mentally ill man she met on the internet, involving non-consensual sexual acts.

Lizzie Parry

A WOMAN has told Ipswich Crown Court how she suffered the increasingly “volatile and erratic” behaviour of a mentally ill man she met on the internet, involving non-consensual sexual acts.

The 27-year-old single mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, explained how the defendant Andrew Cole performed a number of sexual acts on her that she did not consent to and ignored her requests for him to stop.

She said: “He had me doing things I would never normally do, sometimes sexual, sometimes malicious, it was degrading.


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“He was enjoying the fact I was asking him to stop. The person that turned up at my door was not the person I was expecting.”

The couple had met on the internet and had been talking for six months prior to the incident. They did not meet until February this year, when the alleged attacks took place.

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The victim admitted to having flashbacks since giving her evidence to police when interviewed, accounting for fresh evidence brought up at the trial, including allegations of several abusive acts.

She also described how Cole was walking around her house carrying a knife in his hand talking to himself.

In her interview with police at the time of the incident the victim said: “All of a sudden my house turned into a war zone.”

Jacqueline Carey, defending, suggested to the victim that the acts were in fact consensual.

The jury of seven men and five women heard a statement from the taxi driver who drove Cole from Colchester to Lowestoft on the evening of the alleged incidents.

He explained how the defendant was muttering to himself in the back of the car, acting aggressively and how he was getting angry and irate for no reason, shouting at a woman on the phone.

The toxicology report revealed that although the victim was unlikely to be under the influence of alcohol there were traces of amphetamines in her body that may have affected her during the incident.

Cole, 31, of Balantyne Drive, Colchester, has denied rape, assault by penetration, causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, assault causing actual bodily harm and common assault. He has admitted criminal damage to the woman's belongings.

The defence is due to open its case today.

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