Accused of raping teenager

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A MAN has gone on trial accused of raping a teenager.

Anthony Evans, 25, is accused of carrying out a prolonged sex attack on a girl in Hartlepool.

Teesside Crown Court heard claims that the alleged victim bit Evans on the arm during a struggle after he overpowered her.

Outlining the case, Paul Cleasby, prosecuting, said: “He grabbed hold of her by the hand and he dragged her.

“He pushed her to the floor so that she was face down.

“He attempted to remove her trousers and her underwear.

“She tried to keep her underwear up, but he persisted and overpowered her.”

The alleged victim is said to have told a relative she had been attacked and police launched an investigation.

Evans was arrested and originally denied any sexual activity with the girl.

A police doctor noticed bruising on his arm, which he said happened after he trapped it in a car door.

Evans was interviewed again around two months later and was challenged over the alleged victim’s DNA which was found on his underwear from the night of the alleged incident.

He then admitted having sex with the girl, saying he could tell the truth as by then he had split up from his partner.

Mr Cleasby added: “He alleged that the girl had come onto him and that they had consensual sex.

“The prosecution say this is a deliberate lie produced by the defendant on being confronted with the DNA evidence.”

Evans, of Laburnham Square, Trimdon Station, denies rape.

The trial, set to last for four days, continues.