Woman denies she performed sex act willingly as rape trial continues

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A WOMAN who claims she was raped by a town man denied suggestions that she willingly performed a sex act on him.

James Pounder is on trial at Teesside Crown Court and denies two counts of rape.

The alleged victim was cross examined by Pounder’s barrister yesterday after the jury earlier heard how she agreed to go to a flat with Pounder after meeting him outside some shops.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claims once inside he made lewd comments before forcing himself on her and ripping her clothes and underwear.

Her torn clothes were examined by the jury yesterday after they were given rubber gloves to wear.

The woman alleges Pounder, 46, then dragged her into a bedroom and made her perform a sex act on him.

Pounder denies there was any incident on the sofa and claims she agreed to perform a sex act on him for £20.

He claims she made up the story because he refused to pay her.

Paul Abrahams, defending Pounder, of Bruce Crescent, Hartlepool, said to the woman: “You agreed to perform a sex act for £20.”

She replied: “No, not at all.”

Mr Abrahams went on: “He refused to give you £20 which was why you were upset.”

She said: “No, I was angry for what he had done to me.”

Mr Abrahams added: “There was no rape on the sofa,” to which the alleged victim said: “Yes there was.”

Mr Abrahams suggested: “It was just the one incident with consent in the bedroom.”

The woman responded: “No, I told him no, I told him to stop, but he didn’t.”

She admitted drinking wine earlier in the day and more with Pounder.

But she denied being drunk and said it had not clouded her memory of events.

The trial continues.