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Reading Crown Court: former Newbury man cleared of rape charges

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A MAN accused of multiple counts of rape has been cleared on all charges.

Perri John Braybrooke was said to have held both his alleged victim's wrists with one hand and put on a condom with the other, while she struggled and pleaded: "I don't want it," Reading Crown Court heard.

His defence counsel poured scorn on the suggestion.

Crown Court (52609388)
Crown Court (52609388)

Twenty-five-year-old Mr Braybrooke, who used to live in Newbury and now lives in Lambourn at an undisclosed address, denied three counts of rape and a single charge of assault by beating.

At the start of the trial Mr Talbot-Hadley, prosecuting, 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 was told.

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

But it did – twice more, according to the prosecution.

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

The woman's father also gave evidence, telling jurors how he confronted the defendant after his daughter had complained of being raped shortly afterwards.

But, giving evidence from the witness box, Mr Braybrooke – who also uses the surname Boness – insisted that his alleged victim's account was invented from start to finish.

He suggested she may have done so because he had betrayed a confidence concerning a sensitive incident that happened many months previously.

Rebecca Erken-Bax, defending, pointed to inconsistencies in the woman's evidence and said: "I say her whole account is unreliable."

She reminded jurors the woman had told them Mr Braybrooke held both her wrists with one hand while he put on a condom with the other and then raped her, even though she had supposedly struggled against him.

She added: "I say this allegation simply isn't believable... it simply didn't happen. Her account doesn't add up. She is simply not reliable or credible."

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