A man accused of raping a woman and pushing her into the river in Norwich, told police in interview that the woman had consented to sex and had fallen into the river by accident.

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Adrian Olley, 29, of Woodbastwick Road, Blofield, is accused of raping the woman after she shared a taxi with him after a night out.

Norwich Crown Court heard that the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had got out of the cab in Riverside Road following exchanges between her and Olley.

The prosecution claim that Olley then followed her out of the cab and raped her twice and pushed her into the river.

Olley has denied two counts of rape and threats to kill on June 9, this year.

In interviews which were read to the jury, the court heard that Olley claimed that the woman had consented to sex but then they had an argument and she had tried to hit him with a brick and clawed his side. “She was going nuts and I think she stepped back and there was a bit of a tussle. She rolled and fell into the water.”

He denied he had thrown her into the river and said: “She was trying to hit me then she flipped over the railings.”

He added: “I don’t know how it happened.”

Olley said that he had pulled her from the river by grabbing her arms and said that when she got out of the water she had sworn at him and said that she would be “having him for this”.

He said that she had walked off without her shoes on.

Olley told police that if the woman had asked him to stop when they were having sex he would have done so straight away

The trial continues.

christine.cunningham@archant.co.uk

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