Man denies rape charge

A man accused of raping a woman while her daughter slept told police that he would not have forced her to have sex and said it was “absolutely wrong” if she claimed he had raped her.

A man accused of raping a woman while her daughter slept told police that he would not have forced her to have sex and said it was “absolutely wrong” if she claimed he had raped her.

Christopher Bullard, 31, of Springbank, Lakenham, who has denied raping the 26 year-old woman, said in interviews read to a Norwich Crown Court jury that the woman let him give her a massage before they had sex.

“At no time did I have the opinion that I had raped her or attacked her. I did not force her,” he said.

He admitted that when he went to her home he had thought about having sex but said he would not have forced her.

Bullard told officers: “At no time did she push me off. Basically if she had, I would have got off.”

He added: “She was not angry. At no point did I feel I had done anything wrong. At no time did I get the feeling that I raped her or anything of that sort.”

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The woman claims Bullard called at her home and later pinned her down before having sex with her against her will.

She said she did not shout as she had not wanted to wake her daughter and have her see what was happening.

The jury also heard that when Bullard was arrested at Bethel Street police station in Norwich he had made the comment: “I did not mean to do it I just….” before he stopped speaking.

The case continues.