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Ipswich man, 24, denies attempting to rape woman on platform of Melton railway station

PUBLISHED: 16:55 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:53 20 March 2017

Melton railway station in Suffolk.

Melton railway station in Suffolk.


An Ipswich man attempted to rape a woman as she was waiting for a train at a deserted Suffolk railway station, it has been alleged.

The alleged victim was sitting on a bench at Melton station at around 9.45pm when she was allegedly approached by 24-year-old Sam Duncan who said: “Hello sexy,” Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Duncan, who was wearing motor-cycling clothing, walked away, but then returned and stood a short distance away from her before putting on his cycle helmet and allegedly indecently exposing himself to her, said Richard Kelly, prosecuting.

Duncan allegedly told the 20-year-old woman: “You are going to get it tonight,” before taking hold of her head with both hands and attempting to orally rape her.

The woman turned her head away and screamed “No” and tried to push him away, said Mr Kelly.

She tried to use a help line at the station, but did not get a reply and her alleged attacker left.

When the woman’s train arrived at the station she immediately complained about what had allegedly happened to her and when she arrived at Ipswich station she was spoken to by British Transport Police officers.

The woman was able to give police enough information for an eFit image to be produced and Duncan was arrested on August 26.

Duncan, 24, of Alan Road, has pleaded not guilty to attempting to orally rape the woman on July 19 and an alternative less serious charge of sexually assaulting her.

He has also denied an offence of indecent exposure on the same date.

The court heard that following his arrest he admitted being the man at Melton station on the night in question.

He admitted seeing the woman and saying: “Hi sexy” to her, but claimed he had not said anything else.

Duncan denied sexually assaulting the woman in any way and claimed he had undone his trousers to urinate.

The trial continues.

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