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'Man locked girl in a shed to rape her'

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: July 22, 2008

A 21-YEAR-OLD man locked a teenager in his garden shed and repeatedly raped her while high on drink and drugs, a court heard.

The 18-year-old girl, who was 17 at the time, said unemployed Steven Cooper subjected her to a terrifying three-hour ordeal before making her urinate in a bottle.

Bristol Crown Court heard the pair had been smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol at her 16-year-old boyfriend's house in Queen's Road, Tewkesbury, on October 2 last year.

Cooper invited her into a brick garden shed he was living in at his parents' garden in Warwick Place, Tewkesbury, to keep warm, the court heard.

He is then alleged to have bolted the door before pinning her down and raping her four times.

Speaking by video link the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke down in tears as she described the alleged attack.

In an interview with police she said: “He pinned me down and he started to do stuff to me. I asked him to stop and told him I had a boyfriend.

“I got hold of his neck and tried to push him off but he wouldn't get off and then he started hitting me and kept going for three-and-a-half hours.

“I tried to get out and go to the toilet but he had locked the door and he forced me to go to the toilet in a bottle.

“I feel scared and tearful and I hate the way that I can't believe he did it to me. I wish I had screamed louder.''

The court heard two 15-year-olds, one of them her boyfriend and a 16-year-old, banged on the door as the girl cried “get off me'' and “somebody help me'' but they left because it was locked.

The court was shown pictures showing 17 bruises covering the girl's body.

Cooper, wearing a crumpled blue shirt, admitted having sex with the girl but denies rape.

Crown Prosecutor Ian Dixey said: “She was something of a vulnerable girl. She was 17 at the time.

“During the evening when the claimant's boyfriend came back he obviously wanted to know what was going on and he was able to hear her cries.

“He went back three times and although he knocked on the door he was never allowed in.

“On one occasion he went back with his friend and heard the defendant asking for help and then heard the defendant telling her to shut up.''

Dr Caroline Gazet, who examined the claimant, told the court her injuries were consistent with rape.

Cooper, who denies one count of rape, has been on bail since being charged with a 10pm to 7am curfew and is prohibited from contacting the alleged victim.

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