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Accused obsessed, court told

PUBLISHED: 23:15 21 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

A MARK found on the neck of an alleged rape victim could have been caused by pressure from a hand or clothing, a court heard today.

Police surgeon Doctor Andrew Penkethman told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that the mark was "quite feint" and measured 1.

A MARK found on the neck of an alleged rape victim could have been caused by pressure from a hand or clothing, a court heard today.

Police surgeon Doctor Andrew Penkethman told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that the mark was "quite feint" and measured 1.5cm long.

He said the appearance of the mark was due to the rupture of small blood vessels.

"It is typical of pressure from clothing or a hand," said the doctor.

He said the mark was different in appearance from one caused by an object such as a piece of wood.

Dr Penkethman said he had examined the girl's wrists, hands, face and mouth and had not found any injuries.

He said there was evidence of general reddening in the area of the girl's genitals which was compatible with intercourse having taken place.

However he was unable to say whether force had been used on the girl or not.

Dr Penkethman was giving evidence on the third day of the trial of 21-year-old Benjamin Pryke, of Angel Street, Hadleigh, who has denied raping a 19-year-old girl at his parent's house in Queenscliffe Road, Ipswich, in August last year.

The girl has claimed that during the alleged attack Pryke tried to strangle her and said that he was going to kill her. He also allegedly said he didn't care what happened to her or himself.

Giving evidence one of the girl's friends described Pryke as "obsessive" about the girl and said that on one occasion he had tried to ring her on her mobile phone 70 times in a period of two hours.

On another occasion he had been asked to leave a nightclub after he kept harassing the girl and trying to speak to her.

The trial continues.

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