Tears in rape trial

A MOTHER broke down in tears in court as she described being raped in her lounge while her children slept upstairs.The woman told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court yesterdaythat she had met her alleged attacker Toju Adekunle for the first time several hours earlier at a party at a friend's house.

A MOTHER broke down in tears in court as she described being raped in her lounge while her children slept upstairs.

The woman told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court yesterdaythat she had met her alleged attacker Toju Adekunle for the first time several hours earlier at a party at a friend's house.

She claimed he had tried to kiss her while she was dancing near him and she had pushed him away.

She told the court that she had split up from her boyfriend several weeks earlier and at the time of the party had been hoping to get back with him.


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During the evening she decided to take her children home and Adekunle and a friend had walked her home. "I didn't ask him to come," she said.

Once the children were settled upstairs the woman's friend had returned to the party and leaving Adekunle at her house. She said she had expected him to leave as well. "I said he could have coffee but made it plain it was to be nothing more than coffee," she said.

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The next thing she knew Adekunle had switched off the lights. "I asked him what was going on, it was very dark and I was pushed onto the settee," she said.

At first she thought he was having a joke with her but then realised the seriousness of the situation when he climbed on top of her and held her arms above her head.

"I told him to get off. I said it quite loudly. He didn't get off and didn't say anything."

As she tried to push him away he pulled off her jogging bottoms and underwear.

The woman broke down in tears as she described how Adekunle then had sex with her. "I said 'do you realise what you were doing, you are raping me' and he still didn't say anything," said the woman.

She eventually managed to get Adekunle off her by kneeing him in the chest and when he got off she repeatedly hit him in the face with her fists.

Adekunle, of Waterside Avenue, Barking has denied raping the woman in February 2003 and alternative charge of indecently assaulting her. The court has heard that his DNA was found on virginal swabs taken from the woman after the alleged attack.

Police were unable to interview Adekunle until his arrest in February this year.

He claimed that he had returned with the woman to her house and they kissed and touched each other. He said the woman had then called him by her previous boyfriend's name and had "flipped" and punched him in the face. He denied raping her or having sex with her.

The trial continues today.

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