Man, 20, denies alleged rape in Newmarket hotel

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A man accused of raping a woman while she slept at a Newmarket hotel has denied the allegation.

Luke Chaplin, 20, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court today, where he is on trial charged with rape.

The prosecution alleged that the woman, who had become “very drunk” after a night out in Newmarket in January, had woken up to find Chaplin having sex with her in her room at the Ashley House Hotel in Old Station Road.

Prosecutor David Wilson said friends had left the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, in the recovery position to keep her safe as she had been sick.

Chaplin claimed nothing had happened between himself and the woman, despite her trying to initiate sex between them.

When interviewed by police, Chaplin was asked if the woman had given her consent for him to touch her and he replied: “I didn’t need it. She started it with me.”

Giving evidence, Chaplin told the jury that he had fancied the girl and engaged in what he described as “flirtatious banter” with her before the alleged incident.

He described how he had seen the girl, who was very drunk, while he was at the Golden Lion public house in Newmarket with a group of friends.

Chaplin said that while at one stage he was in the girl’s room after she had been helped back from the pub he denied removing her leggings and underwear before raping her.

Earlier the girl had told the court that she had woken up to find Chaplin having sex with her. She said she had not allowed Chaplin to touch her and denied becoming upset when he left the room after being unable to have sex with her.

Chaplin, a wine salesman, of Perch Meadow, Aylesbury, told the jury: “I don’t understand why she has said that. She is lying through her face.”

The trial continues.


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