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Man denies raping lesbian student

Sophie Wilkinson March 31, 2009
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A 19-year-old lesbian was raped by a man after a night out, a court heard today.

The student, described as “petite”, was returning home from a concert in London with her partner and a friend in the early hours of the morning, PA reports.

While waiting at a bus stop, the women were approached by Daniel Fountain, 20, and a male friend who struck up conversation with them.

When the victim and Fountain became separated from the group, he allegedly started trying to kiss her, asking if she found him attractive, the jury heard.

Bill Emlyn Jones, prosecuting, claimed that at this point: “She explained that she was gay. Fountain refused to believe this. He became angry. Perhaps he thought that saying she was gay was a line as a way to rebuff him or deter him. She was in distress, saying ‘no’. He was violent and rough.”

The young woman’s girlfriend was distracted by Fountain’s friend, who was “pestering” her.

Alarmed as to where her partner was, she found her walking away from the defendant, staggering into the middle of a road where she then collapsed.

Upon seeing this, the victim’s girlfriend punched Fountain on the chin.

He punched her back on the head and turned to the other friend, punching her on the face, running off and leaving her with a bleeding nose.

Fountain stated that he had consensual sex with the alleged victim, who Mr Jones claimed was “extremely distressed, curled up in a ball, crying and incoherent” after the alleged incident took place.

Fountain, 20, of Staines, Surrey, denies charges of rape and assault by penetration, assault and actual bodily harm. He told police they had had consensual sex.

The prosecution said that Fountain’s account of the incident to the police was more like the story of a “pornographic film”.

He told officers she had said she wanted to see him again and wished she was going back home with him, the court heard.

The case continues.

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