Thursday, 8 November 2012

Rape victim was 'dragged into car wash'

A 17-YEAR-OLD who alleges she was raped by a stranger has told a jury her attacker dragged her into a car wash before attacking her.

Ali Yazzin, 30, of Neath Road, Landore, denies a single count of rape.

The trial at Swansea Crown Court had to be halted after the alleged victim, who cannot be named, suffered a panic attack as she was cross-examined by barrister Paul Hobson.

The alleged offence was said to have happened on June 3 as the victim, then aged 16, walked along Neath Road, from the Liberty Stadium towards the city centre at 4am.

She alleges he called out to her, and despite originally walking away, she then turned and began talking to Yazzin.

After asking him for a cigarette, the pair began walking together. She said he then grabbed her head and tried to kiss her.

The victim then alleges he dragged her 11 metres from the main road into a car wash and raped her.

She said during the attack she slid to the floor hoping to stop him attacking her.

She arrived at a friend's home and was "dishevelled" and covered with dirt, prosecutor Frank Phillips said.

A DVD recording of her police interview was played to the jury.

She said he had asked her if they could have sex, but she said no.

Yazzin repeatedly told her: "You're very hot," before and during the attack.

She said after Yazzin dragged her into the car wash, pushed her against the wall and began his attack by pulling down her trousers and underwear.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," she said.

She told the officer interviewing her she was "scared" and "frightened".

She said she could hear him breathing deeply during the attack.

"I froze," she said.

After the attack she said she ran away.

Yazzin admits having sex with the alleged victim, but said it was consensual. The trial continues.


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