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Court hears woman raped in city office after 'cocaine-fuelled party'

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
Court hears woman raped in city office after 'cocaine-fuelled party'

A City worker raped a young woman after a cocaine and champagne-fuelled impromptu party at a stockbrokers' office, a court has heard.

Daniel Green, 26, allegedly had sex with the comatose woman, who had curled up to sleep under a desk in the early hours of May 16 2015, the Old Bailey was told.

Opening the trial, Timothy Forster said Green and the alleged victim had met up during after-work drinks in the City of London the night before.

He was with a group of men from StratX, a firm he had only recently joined, while she was with a female colleague from another company, "hopping from one bar to another".

Mr Forster told jurors: "It is common ground everyone was consuming alcohol and you will have to decide to what extent alcohol affected their behaviour but no-one suggests they were so drunk they could not remember what they were doing."

The two women, and possibly also Green, had taken "a small amount of cocaine" during the evening, he said.

Someone from the stockbrokers' suggested the group go back to their office in Abchurch Lane to carry on the party, listening to music and drinking, Mr Forster said.

By the early hours of the morning, most of the revellers had gone home, leaving Green, the alleged victim, who had produced a bottle of champagne, and two others.

The woman eventually became tired and, rather than calling a taxi, fell asleep underneath a desk in another office in the building, the court heard.

According to her account, she awoke to feel Green pulling her lower clothes down and having sex with her.

Mr Forster said: "She realises what he is doing, she says 'no' but he carries on.

"When she bursts into tears, he stops. He then got up and left her in the room, quietly sobbing in the gloom of the office.

"She lay there for a while before she decided to do something - she called her best friend."

Realising what the woman was saying, the friend called the police while she was still on the other line, the court heard

Police arrived at the offices at 7.15am but Green had already left, the court was told.

He was later arrested and denied the allegation against him even though the woman's DNA had been found on his boxer shorts, jurors heard.

Mr Forster said it was understood that Green, of Prospect Hill, Walthamstow, north-eat London, admits having sexual intercourse with the woman that night but denies it was rape.

Giving evidence, the alleged victim tearfully told jurors how she had spent the evening celebrating a successful week with colleagues.

Finishing work at about 4pm, she and some of her colleagues went to The Vintry bar before moving to Harry's Bar, where she met the StratX trader party.

They all went on to a nightclub before it was decided to go back to the Abchurch Lane offices of StratX rather than head in to Soho.

The woman told jurors that Green had been dancing near to her and her friend in the club, adding that she suspected that he "fancied" them.

During the evening, she took "three pinches and a line of cocaine" which had the effect of "sobering" her up and making her "more aware", she said.

At the office, the group put on music, drank champagne and took more cocaine.

The woman said she took three lines of cocaine and most of the group joined in the drug-taking, including Green.

By about 4am, the woman began to tire, deciding to have a nap in the building and get the first train home at 6.30am, because she did not have enough money for a taxi.

Wiping away tears, the woman described how she awoke to find Green "tugging" her trousers down and asked him "what the f*** are you doing?"

She said: "I remember Daniel turning me over so I was on my front mainly underneath the desk, but my legs were outside.

"At that point I remember just trying to crawl forward to get away. I knew what was going to happen. I remember being pulled back.

"The next thing I remember was Daniel raping me.

"I was still trying to wriggle away, doing anything I could to stop that. I guess I was in a state of shock at what was happening. I knew what was going to happen. I was just trying to say no and get across this is something I don't want to happen.

"I just kept saying 'no no no no no no' but it absolutely didn't stop anything.

"I remember seeing Daniel's face. My first thought was to cover my eyes because I didn't want to accept what was happening and see his eyes.

"He was making sexual noises, making me feel horrible, so I burst into tears.

"After realising I was not going to get away and this was actually happening, I started crying, and at that point - it seemed so bizarre as he'd said absolutely nothing before - he said 'oh shit she's crying'.

"He got off then. I was just distraught. Then he was out of the office really quickly."

Mr Forster asked: "Before you went to sleep had you had any kind of flirtation with Daniel Green?"

She replied: "One hundred per cent not."