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Reading Crown Court: Newbury man denies rape

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A MAN has gone on trial charged with multiple counts of rape.

Perri John Braybrooke held both his alleged victim's wrists with his hands while she struggled and told him: "I don't want it," Reading Crown Court heard on Tuesday, October 19.

Steven Talbot-Hadley, prosecuting, said the 25-year-old, who used to live in Newbury and now lives in Lambourn at an undisclosed address, also assaulted the woman with his hand on another occasion - then tried to turn it into a joke.

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Mr Braybrooke, who also uses the surname Boness, denies three counts of rape, one of assault by penetration and an alternative charge of assault by beating.

Mr Talbot-Hadley described one occasion to the jury, saying that the woman, whose identity is protected, was sleeping when Mr Braybrooke began touching her intimately and trying to pull her tracksuit bottoms down.

She allegedly told him: "No, I don't want it."

Mr Talbot-Hadley added: "She was using both hands to try to hold on to her tracksuit bottoms and keep them up but the defendant managed to pull them down.

"Her underwear was also taken down; she kept trying to keep her legs together and he was trying to force them apart.

"She kept saying she didn't want it and kept trying to push him off."

Mr Braybrooke then raped her, leaving her crying on the bed, the court heard.

He later apologised and said it wouldn't happen again, jurors were told.

But it did happen again, said Mr Talbot-Hadley, and this time Mr Braybrooke held both her wrists as he allegedly raped her two more times in succession.

Finally, the court heard, Mr Braybrooke assaulted her with his fingers but tried to pass it off as a joke.

Mr Talbot-Hadley went on: "Mr Braybrooke was arrested and interviewed by police with a solicitor with him. He answered 'no comment' to all questions put to him, as was his right.

"However, he made the following written statement: 'I understand I am under arrest for harassment and rape and digital penetration. At no time have I had sex (with the woman) without her permission. I wish to make no further comment at this point.'"

Mr Talbot-Hadley concluded: "The defendant denies these allegations, saying any sexual activity would have been consensual.

"She, on the other hand, says she was raped on three occasions and digitally penetrated despite her protests.

"The Crown say the detailed and graphic account given by her supports her credibility."

The trial, which is expected to end this week, continues.

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