Lowestoft man felt ‘sick and frightened’ when he discovered woman claimed she was raped, court told

PUBLISHED: 17:14 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:27 26 June 2017

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: Archant.

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: Archant.


A man accused of raping a woman after a night out in Lowestoft has claimed she told him she wanted a “threesome”, a court has heard.

Giving evidence during his trial at Ipswich Crown Court today, Frederick Dawkins claimed the alleged victim had danced in a sexual way towards him in the town’s Faith nightclub.

“She grabbed a handrail and poked her buttocks into my groin,” said Dawkins.

He claimed the woman had also put his hand on her groin over her trousers.

Dawkins said that after he and his friend Joe Davis left the nightclub they saw the alleged victim and she told them she wanted a threesome.

Dawkins claimed the woman had performed oral sex on him in an alleyway and she had also performed oral sex on him again at the Britten shopping centre.

He denied the woman was so drunk that she wasn’t capable of giving consent and he denied doing anything to her that wasn’t with her consent.

Dawkins told the court he had been drinking on the night in question and he regretted cheating on his girlfriend with the alleged victim.

He said he had felt “sick and frightened” when he discovered the alleged victim was claiming she had been raped.

Dawkins, 24, of London Road South, Lowestoft, has denied two offences of oral rape and an offence of sexual assault and Davis, 22, of Market Place, Bungay, has denied rape and assault by penetration.

The jury was discharged from returning a verdict on the sexual assault charge in respect of Dawkins.

Claire Matthews, prosecuting, said witnesses described the alleged victim as being “falling over drunk” and it would have been very obvious to anyone who saw the woman that she wasn’t in a fit state to look after herself or to make decisions.

She claimed the defendants “singled her out” because she was so drunk and took her to an alleyway and then to the Britten shopping centre where they allegedly sexually assaulted her.

The alleged victim told police her trousers and underwear had been taken down and that she had tried to scream but her mouth was covered.

The trial continues.

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