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Woman, 23, woke to find naked stranger raping her Gloucester Crown Court told

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

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Gloucester Crown Court

A woman woke up after a night out to find a naked stranger straddling her, a Gloucester jury heard.

The woman, 23, had been fully clothed when she fell asleep but was partially closed when she woke to find Paul Lee raping her, it was alleged at Gloucester Crown Court.

Lee, 31, of Millers Dyke, Quedgeley, Gloucester, denies raping the woman on November 18, 2012 and also pleads not guilty to an alternative charge of sexually assaulting her.

Prosecutor Sarah Regan said the woman went into Gloucester for a night out with two friends on November 17. They ended up in the Registry Club.

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The trio had met two other friends and Lee, who did not know any of them tagged along,

She told the jury that all six, including Lee, got a taxi and went back to the flat of a female friend of the alleged victim.

When they arrived back to the flat at 4.45am the woman's head was spinning from her drinking, she said. An hour later, after two male friends had left, the woman noticed that Lee was still there and had fallen asleep.

Ms Regan said the two women were alarmed and tried to wake him but could not do so.

Later, the alleged victim wanted to text her boyfriend and used sleeping Lee's phone to do so because no-one else had any credit on their phones, Ms Regan said.

The court heard the alleged victim had fallen asleep and woken to find Lee on top of her.

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Ms Regan said the shocked woman got up and went to the bathroom.

She then ran into her friend's bedroom and the friend noticed she was no longer wearing the leggings and clothes she'd had on when she had put her to bed.

Ms Regan told the jury "The victim had had nothing to do with Mr Lee. “She had not even spoken to him once that night.

“She simply did not know him. She had never seen him before.

"She had done nothing to make him think she was interested in him so what happened that morning was completely out of the blue."

Ms Regan said the two women told Lee to leave the flat. They went to see a friend who was a counsellor and then the victim asked her boyfriend for the phone number she had texted him from during the night.

The number was Lee's and police arrested him. Told he was being arrested for rape he said 'No way' but then did not answer any questions.

Ms Regan said a check of his boxer shorts found both his and the woman's DNA, indicating sexual contact between them.

The trial continues.

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