Woman claims she was raped by man she met on Plenty of Fish dating website

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

A woman told a jury how she was raped by a man she met on the Plenty of Fish dating website.

The 40-year-old woman said she had met Conrad Nelson, 39, through the dating website and after finding him charming at first she claimed that he turned out to be controlling and at times was abusive to her, telling her what he thought were her faults.

She told the Norwich Crown Court jury yesterday she had been looking for companionship after splitting up with her long-term partner and decided to join the dating website Plenty of Fish as her ex had moved on in his life and she felt she wanted to do something just for herself to give her some 'me' time.

'I felt I needed a bit of a life back,' she said.

The woman met Nelson on the site and after talking to Nelson online for some time, she eventually agreed to meet up with him, saying 'I was looking for companionship.'

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She said when she later found out he had been messaging other women after she saw messages on his phone she told him she just wanted to be friends.

She claimed despite her making it clear that she did not want to be in any relationship he had pulled her tights down and raped her and also used a sex toy on her against her will.

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In her interview which was played to the jury the victim said she felt violated by what happened.

She said: 'I felt violated. It was horrible.'

Nelson, formerly of Raglan Street, Lowestoft, has denied rape and assault by penetration on the woman.

Nelson claims that the sex had been consensual.

Lindsay Cox, prosecuting in his opening to the jury, said that the complainant did not go to the police straight away about the alleged rape but then finally plucked up the courage to make a complaint about Nelson.

Mr Cox said that the prosecution say that Nelson could not have reasonably believed that the victim had been consenting when the sexual acts had taken place.

The trial continues.

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