Woman claims New Year’s Day sex attack

A woman claims she was sexually assaulted after celebrating New Year’s Eve.

The victim had fallen asleep not long after midnight but was allegedly woken up in the early hours of New Year’s Day during the attack.

Jonathan Barrass, 49, from Mallory Road, Rotherham, has pleaded not guilty to assault by penetration.

Prosecutor, Mr David Mcgongigal, told Sheffield Crown Court  the victim was woken up an hour and 15 minutes after she went to bed to find that she had been ‘flipped over’ by Barrass and he was sexually assaulting her.

In her police statement, she said: “I told him to get out, my husband will walk in any moment and I started to shake my legs to try and get him away. I felt sick.”

The jury heard, medical examinations found DNA consistent with the defendant’s on her body.

In the victim’s police statement, that was read to the court, she said that she felt confused, sick, and questioned if she had done something to encourage her attacker.

Defence barrister, Katy Rafter, told the court the sexual activity was consensual, claiming Barrass admits touching her sexually, but said she had initiated the activity by kissing him first.

Barrass claims he had gone upstairs in the property where the attack happened and asked the victim, who had been trying for a baby, what he should do with her passed out husband.

On New Year’s Day 2018, the day after the attack,  the victim, who was clearly upset while giving evidence, received a text from her alleged attacker saying: “I’m so sorry.”

Barrass claims this was meant as an apology for the mess he had left in the house.

The court heard Det Con Carly Booth, in charge of this case interviewed the defendant twice and both times he made no comment.

The trial continues.

Written by Sama Ansari Pour

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