Commando, 28, ‘told woman “I love it when you keep telling me to stop” during alleged rape
A commando in the armed forces allegedly raped and urinated on a young woman during a violent sex attack after a night out, a trial has heard.
Sam Evans, 28, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court where he denied several counts of rape and sexual assault, as well as a count of intentionally strangling the woman.
The woman claims she suffered a prolonged sex attack after she arranged to meet Evans for the first time in a Plymouth nightclub on the night of July 2 last year, after previously talking on a dating app.
The court heard that during the alleged attack in Evans’ campervan, he told the victim: ‘I love it when you keep telling me to stop.’
Daniel Pawson-Pounds, prosecuting, described how the woman’s memory became hazy upon leaving the nightclub after drinking more than usual.
Armed forces commando Sam Evans, 28, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court where he denied several counts of rape and sexual assault, as well as a count of intentionally strangling the woman
Her next memory was apparently of finding herself on Evans’s bed in his mobile home, which recognised from his dating app picture.
In an interview played to the jury, the woman stated she realised her jeans were undone and claimed Evans was telling her he loved her and had been waiting ‘months’ for her to be in his bedroom – which made her uncomfortable.
When she said she was leaving, she said Evans became aggressive and threw her on the bed and began to touch her, the jury heard.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she was injured after Evans knelt on her chest to hold her down and alleged he slapped and punched her in the head.
It was also heard Evans allegedly urinated on the woman.
The court heard the woman’s mother opened her front door at around 10am on July 3 to find her in a dishevelled state, with a fat lip.
The woman’s mother convinced her to go to hospital later that day after she complained of pain to her collarbone and jaw, as well as bruising to her face. The woman accused the man who dropped her off of strangling her.
Evans was later arrested on July 7 while driving on the A38 in Plymouth in his campervan.
A search of his home revealed a false eyelash belonging to the complainant, along with a box of unused condoms, a ‘ball with a chain, strap and clamps’, a black whip, a black rope, a black vibrator and a black douche – all in a chest of drawers next to his bed.
The woman said: ‘I remember him hitting me in the face and him putting his hands right across my face – I was desperate for him to stop because I didn’t know how far he was going to go. I thought “he’s going to take it too far.”
‘He called me a whore and spat in my face and in my eyes. I felt disoriented. I couldn’t see – it was really aggressive.’ She said she tried to fight him, telling him: ‘Please, that’s enough.’
Following the playing of the video interview, the young woman gave evidence in the witness box with a screen between her and Evans, who sat in the dock, occasionally appearing to cry.
The complainant spoke quietly. At one stage she began to sob as she was asked to look at images of her injuries by Evans’ defence barrister Michael Green.
Challenged by Mr Green that the sex was consensual, the woman said she suffered a diagnosed medical urinary condition which made any physical intimacy painful.
She said she was ‘absolutely not’ the kind of person who would go back to a man’s house for sex
She said Evans’s description of the sex as consensual was ‘100 per cent not true’.
Fighting back tears she told the court: ‘That’s why I’m here. I don’t want what happened to me to happen to anybody else. When I started to get a clearer picture I had time to reflect.
‘This could happen to someone else and that’s why I decided that what happened was not okay.’
Evans, of Devonport, Plymouth, denies all charges. The trial continues.