Rape claim woman to give evidence

AN Ipswich woman who claims she was raped in her own home while her children slept upstairs is due to give evidence in court today.Toju Adekunle, 34, of Barking in Essex, denies raping or indecently assaulting the woman following a house party on February 5 last year.

AN Ipswich woman who claims she was raped in her own home while her children slept upstairs is due to give evidence in court today.

Toju Adekunle, 34, of Barking in Essex, denies raping or indecently assaulting the woman following a house party on February 5 last year.

Ipswich crown court heard yesterday how the alleged victim met Adekunle at a mutual friend's house party.

Gareth Hughes prosecuting, said: "It was clear they got on quite well together. They were chatting together and dancing together.


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"But at one point he tried to kiss her on the lips and she pushed him away and told him to get off. She did not want things to go further and he knew that."

Later in the evening the woman decided to take her two young children home and asked one of her female friends to walk them back to their house.

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Adekunle also went along and stayed at the house after the other friend had left.

Mr Hughes said: "She made it clear he could stay for coffee and that was it. Nothing else was to happen."

It is then alleged that Adekunle turned the lights out, pushed her on to the sofa, held her down and raped her.

The court heard that Adekunle fled the scene before police arrived and was on the run until February 1 2004, where he was discovered in Luton, using a different name.

During police interviews he admitted the pair had become intimate but said it was with her consent. He also claimed they had never had sexual intercourse.

The court heard that internal DNA swabs taken from the victim showed traces of Adekunle's semen.

The trial continues.

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