Thursday 20 October 2016

'I fell and penetrated her by accident,' millionaire rape suspect claims in court

Published 10/12/2015 | 12:23

Southwark Crown Court
Southwark Crown Court

A millionaire property developer accused of raping a teenager as she slept claims he accidentally penetrated her when he fell on top of her, a court heard.

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Ehsan Abdulaziz, 46, allegedly forced himself on the 18-year-old on his sofa in his Maida Vale flat. His alleged victim met Abdulaziz in the Cirque le Soir nightclub, in London's West End, where she had been spending the evening with a friend.

Abdulaziz had known the complainant's friend for six or seven months, Southwark Crown Court heard, and offered to give the two women a lift home in his Aston Martin on August 7 last year.

He then invited the pair into his flat for a nightcap, before taking the woman he knew into the bedroom for sex.

The next thing the alleged victim remembers is waking up in the early hours of the morning on the sofa with Abdulaziz on top of her forcing himself inside her, it is claimed.

Prosecutor Jonathan Davies said: "She said 'what are you doing?' he said 'it's fine' indicating that her friend was asleep. She got up to find her friend, tried to wake her but couldn't, she then tried to get out of the flat as quickly as she could.

"She was very upset about what had happened to her and because she couldn't wake her friend, she called two friends, she then called the police."

When Abdulaziz was arrested, he responded: "She'll have to prove it."

He said that he had woken the woman at 5.30am when he went to get a glass of water from the kitchen and to switch off the TV.

Abdulaziz claimed the teenager pulled him onto her and placed his hand between her legs. But he said she become angry when he had offered to call her a taxi and stormed into the bedroom to wake her friend.

He is then said to have changed his story after DNA tests found traces of his semen.

Mr Davies said: "That caused him to be re-interviewed in May this year and he was confronted with that finding.

"On this occasion he said after he had sex with the complainant's friend his penis was still erect and he had semen on his hands when he went into the living room.

"He said in the second interview she pushed his hands down on to her vagina. He said that he did fall onto her and his penis may have penetrated her vagina. You may consider, members of the jury, him changing the account he was giving."

Abdulaziz, of Maida Vale, denies rape and the trial continues.

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