Attempted rape trial - witness evidence

A TEENAGE girl heard a scream and saw two people laying on the ground the night a woman was allegedly attacked in Ipswich.The 16-year-old told Ipswich Crown Court she had been near Maidenhall Green with her friend in the early hours of June 29.

A TEENAGE girl heard a scream and saw two people laying on the ground the night a woman was allegedly attacked in Ipswich.

The 16-year-old told Ipswich Crown Court she had been near Maidenhall Green with her friend in the early hours of June 29. She said: "I saw two people laying behind the bus stop on the grass, one on top of the other. I went to the phone box and when I came out I heard a scream. She shouted help in a really loud screech, she shouted only once."

The girl said she did not telephone the police but thought maybe she should after hearing the following day that a woman had been attacked on the green.

Jamie Garnham, 30, denies attempted rape and claimed the 49-year-old woman had consented to sex on Maidenhall Green.

The jury heard how the complainant had been drinking with friends in the Orwell Mariner public house in Vernon Street and admitted to being "very tipsy" when she left to walk home alone.

Lindsay Cox, prosecuting, said the woman first came across Garnham, who she knew vaguely, in Luther Road. They met again on Maidenhall Green where Garnham is alleged to have pushed her onto her back on the grass near some bushes, removed her jeans and underwear and tried to rape her.

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Mr Cox said that at one point the woman stood up and put on her jeans but the defendant pushed her down and removed her clothes again and this time sexually assaulted her in a more intimate fashion.

Giving evidence the woman claimed that during the attack Garnham, of Alamein Way, Bradwell, near Great Yarmouth, grabbed her by the throat, punched her in the mouth and slapped her face. Mr Cox said she also suffered scratches to her breasts.

The case continues.

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