Alleged rape victim, 15, tells court of her ordeal

IPSWICH: A jury in the trial of an Ipswich man accused of raping two teenagers has started hearing evidence from the second alleged victim.

A videotape of the 15-year-old girl being interviewed about the alleged incident was played at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, but technical problems resulted in a delay while the case was moved to a different court room in the building.

Before the court is Mark Carroll, 46, of Turret Lane, Ipswich, who has denied raping a 17-year-old in February 2006 and the 15-year-old in December 2008.

Also before the court is Carroll’s partner Malika Bacon, 28, of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, who has denied sexually assaulting the 17-year-old girl.

It has been alleged both girls were sexually assaulted after being invited to the defendants’ home.

The girls both told police they had been given alcohol and had then passed out, and had woken to find they were being sexually attacked.

Lindsay Cox, prosecuting, said both the girls believed something was put in their drinks to make them pass out.

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During the taped interview, the 15-year-old said she had bumped into the defendants in a park after storming out of her home in the early hours of the morning following a row with her mother.

She said that after asking the couple for a cigarette, she had got chatting to them and they had invited her back to their home.

The jury will continue watching the recording of the interview today after which the girl will be questioned about her evidence.