Cyclist denies rape charges
A CYCLIST raped a teenager and a 25-year-old woman within days of each other, a court was told last week. Paul Reid, 32, gave a false name to his victims, who he approached in the street and lured to his flat to smoke cannabis, jurors heard. Moments after
A CYCLIST raped a teenager and a 25-year-old woman within days of each other, a court was told last week.
Paul Reid, 32, gave a false name to his victims, who he approached in the street and lured to his flat to smoke cannabis, jurors heard.
Moments after arriving at the address in Dagenham, he pinned the struggling victims down and attacked them, Inner London Crown Court was told.
Reid, of Ibscott Close, Dagenham, denies three charges of rape.
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Glenn Carrasco, prosecuting, said the youngest victim - befriended by Reid a fortnight earlier using the name Patrick - was attacked on March 11.
Five days later, the 25-year-old was attacked in the same flat in Ibscott Close, it is claimed.
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Mr Carrasco said Reid approached the 15-year-old as she walked near his home at the back of a group of friends.
"He was riding a silver bike. He said to her: 'Hello babe,' and she responded by asking him what he was doing and he said it was nothing in particular and he was bored. He invited her back to his flat.
"She was reluctant to do so at first, but eventually she agreed after being told that he had 'bud', or cannabis, and they could have a smoke together there.
"So she told her friends she would see them later and she walked with Patrick."
Mr Carrasco said Reid took her to flat, locked the door and raped her even though she protested, told him she was only 15 and a virgin and punched him in the head.
He said that afterwards, Reid calmly smoked a joint and left her lying in fear on the floor.
The court was told the teenager did not raise the alarm until a month later, when she feared she might be pregnant and told her mother.
A sample taken from her tracksuit bottoms, which were still in the washing basket, was tested by forensic experts and matched Reid's DNA, jurors heard.
Mr Carrasco said that days later Reid found the 25-year-old walking to Dagenham East train station.
"He asked her to go home with him to smoke some cannabis. At first, she was reluctant to go along with him.
"But then, rather foolishly you might think, she changed her mind and decided to take him up on his offer, telling the man she could not stay very long.
'They went to his flat and smoked cannabis.
'She got up to leave, but he put his arms around her and stopped her."
The barrister said Reid forced her to perform oral sex, stripped her, and raped her.
Police were called and Reid was arrested at his home the following day.
During interview he claimed both women consented.
The trial continues.