Saturday 24 June 2017

Man accused of raping pregnant woman denies sex fantasy

Tom Wilkinson

A TV licensing inspector accused of raping a pregnant woman who offered him coffee when his car broke down in freezing conditions has denied he fantasised about sex with a "frustrated housewife".

Gary Catterick, 49, is claimed to have invited himself into her Middlesbrough home last November after she asked if he wanted a drink, then attacked her in her living room as her small child slept nearby.



He denies rape, claiming sex between them as he waited for the AA to come and fix his Renault Megane was consensual.



Catterick told the jury at Teesside Crown Court that the woman, wearing pyjamas, had told him: "It could be your lucky night, tonight."



The TV licensing official, who had 15 years experience, said she later asked him to kiss her where she was sitting in an armchair before they had sex.



Sarah Mallett, prosecuting, asked: "How long have you had a fantasy that one of these occasions, in your job as a TV licensing inspector, some frustrated housewife would throw herself on you?"



He replied: "I don't have any fantasies about the job, that's nonsense."



Asked why the woman was making the complaint against him, Catterick replied: "I really don't know."



Miss Mallett said: "No reason at all, apart from the fact she allowed you some shelter from the terrible weather and you repaid her by raping her in the living room in front of her small child."



Catterick, a father-of-two from Broadwell Road, Middlesbrough, said: "I didn't rape [the complainant], I didn't force myself on her at all."



The jury heard he visited around 100 properties a week to interview householders about their TV licence and he had tried to contact a neighbour of the complainant on the afternoon his car broke down.



The AA was busy due to the freezing weather and a couple in the street offered him a cup of tea. He stayed with them until they went out, then claimed he was invited in by his accuser.



Catterick claimed he told her he did not sleep with his partner because they were protective about their children after she had suffered from a stillbirth, and shared beds with their children instead.



The defendant told the jury that the rape complainant asked him: "Where do you find time for sex?"



He added: "I said 'excuse me?' We manage."



When Miss Mallett said his claims about the exchange were "nonsense", Catterick replied: "I told the truth."



The case continues.



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