Boyfriend takes to the stand in Southwold rape case

A MAN accused of raping a woman in her home spoke to her boyfriend on the night of the alleged attack and told him he hadn't touched her, a court has heard.

The woman's boyfriend told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court he had been annoyed with her on the night of the alleged rape because she had gone to a pub in Southwold with Clive Bonnett who had later allegedly raped her.

He was in bed at around midnight when he received a call from his girlfriend's phone but when he answered it he could only hear 'garbled noises'.

He claimed he had then heard his girlfriend telling someone 'No' and saying she wanted her boyfriend. He then allegedly heard Bonnett swear and say 'he isn't here, is he?'

He said the phone call had ended and when he rang back Bonnett had answered the phone and had told him: 'I haven't touched her.'

Bonnett, 46, of Coopers Drive, Lowestoft, has denied raping the woman in April last year.

It has been alleged that Bonnett and the alleged victim, who were known to each other, had gone for a drink in the Kings Head pub in Southwold and that Bonnett raped her after walking her home. The woman told the court she was in a relationship at the time of the alleged rape but had felt sorry for Bonnett after his wife left him.

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She claimed that back at her house Bonnett had pulled his trousers down and raped her after pushing her dress up.

She claimed she told him 'No' and said she didn't want to have sex with him because she had a boyfriend.

Cross-examined by Andrew Thompson for Bonnett, the woman denied she had lied about the rape because her boyfriend had been upset at her going to the pub with Bonnett.

The trial continues today.

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