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Alleged rapist says his semen was found in park as he often masturbates there

Crime WorldBy Shuki Byrne
The court heard Elliot regularly masturbated in the area where his semen was found
The court heard Elliot regularly masturbated in the area where his semen was found

A man on trial for the rape and sexual assault of several woman and teenagers says his semen was found in a park where an attack occurred because he often masturbated there.

Daniel Elliott (24), is accused of attacks against three women between the summer and autumn of last year, including two rapes on teenage girls in public parks. He denies the charges against him. 

He told a court in London yesterday he regularly had sex with his girlfriend in the park where he is accused of carrying out one of his attacks. 

The three attacks happened in Mellows Park, Wallington, Beddington Park, and Grove Park, Carshalton, south of London. 

In one attack, fibres from Elliot's jumper were found on the victim's clothing. The accused said that it may have rubbed onto her because the two of them got the same bus.

Mr Elliott described it as: "An unfortunate coincidence."

He is also accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in Beddington Park, on September 5, while she was out walking with her boyfriend, the Sutton Guardian reports. 

During the attack the boy, also 16, was forced to watch and the pair were so traumatised, according to the prosecution, that they failed to report the crime for more than a month.
 
There was subsequently no forensic evidence gathered. 
 
The final offence took place in similar circumstances in Grove Park on November 15. A schoolgirl was out with her boyfriend when they were threatened and then attacked in a children's playground.
 
Semen found in the park matched Mr Elliott's DNA, but the 24-year-old told police and the court he had masturbated in Grove Park's toilets, the park itself and had previously had sex with his girlfriend in the park as well.
 
He was asked whether he could remember where and when he last had sex or masturbated in the area but could not remember. 
 
In the statement Mr Elliott said: "Bruv, I could not tell you when I last had sex with her in the park."
 
The trial continues.