Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Thursday, November 22, 2012
A jury in the trial of a man accused of throwing a woman into a river in Norwich before raping her twice will resume its deliberations tomorrow after being sent out to consider its verdict.
Adrian Olley, 29, of Woodbastwick Road, Blofield is accused of raping the woman after she shared a taxi with him following a night out in Norwich.
Norwich Crown Court has heard the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, got out the cab in Riverside Road after exchanges between her and Olley before allegedly being raped twice and going in the river on two occasions. Olley has denied two counts of rape and one of threats to kill on June 9 this year.
The jury, of seven women and five men, was sent home at just after 4pm today about an hour after retiring to consider a verdict once Judge Stephen Holt had summed up the case.
Earlier, Richard Potts, prosecuting, closed the crown’s case by saying Olley had exerted control over the woman, who he said had 45 separate injuries, throughout the ordeal - from getting into the taxi to going down the steps where his plan was to rape her.
He said “Why was it necessary to go down those steps in that early hour on that Saturday morning?
“The crown submit its because he wanted to call the shots. He was saying what was going in and what was going on in this case the crown submit was sex; not consensual sex but violent sex - rape.”
Michael Hubbard QC, defending, in his closing speech, said sequence was one of the most important factors and emphasised that while the alleged victim said it was “water, rape, water, rape” a witness living near to the scene - who heard the entire ordeal - heard only one splash very soon after it “all ended”.
He said: “water, rape, water, rape - that’s what she said but there was nothing after the splash. There was only one splash.”
Mr Hubbard QC said the injuries, which he described as “superficial abrasions and bruises” also did not tally with what she said. He said on her account Olley “smashed my head against the steps”, “pulled me by my hair” and “pushed me onto the steps” in a “brutal and violent” ordeal yet there was “not an injury consistent with any of it”.
The trial continues.