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Faversham teenager Harry Perfect 'drank half bottle of vodka before raping girl' he met on internet, court told

13 August 2014
by Keith Hunt
A teenager raped a girl he met online after he told her he had drunk half a bottle of vodka, a court heard.
 
The 16-year-old girl, who claimed she was a virgin, wept as Harry Perfect forced himself on her in a park and then got up and walked away, it was alleged.
 
Perfect, then 17, later denied any sexual contact with her on that occasion - but claimed they had consensual sex a few days earlier.
Teenager Harry Perfect told his victim he had drunk half a bottle of vodka. Picture Library image

Teenager Harry Perfect allegedly told his victim he had drunk half a bottle of vodka. Picture: Library image

Prosecutor Kathryn Hirst told a jury of 10 women and two men that DNA evidence undermined his assertion.
 
Perfect, now 19, of Millfield Road, Faversham, denies rape.
 
Maidstone Crown Court heard Perfect and the girl made contact on a website called Tagged and they met a couple of times.
 
She had a boyfriend and considered Perfect to only be a friend, said Miss Hirst.
 
"He pushed her so she was lying on her back. He pulled down her trousers as well as his own..." - prosecutor Kathryn Hirst
They met again in the evening in April last year in a park in the Faversham area. He told her he had drunk vodka and she could see he was unsteady on his feet.
 
"They were sitting side by side on the grass," said Miss Hirst. "He pushed her so she was lying on her back. He pulled down her trousers as well as his own.
 
"She started crying. She accepted he may not have seen her crying as it was dark and some of her hair covered her eyes."
 
Perfect sexually assaulted the girl, touched her breasts, kissed her and had intercourse with her, it was alleged.
 
"She told police she was afraid and it was painful," said Miss Hirst. "She didn't touch him or respond in any way. He didn't wear a condom.
 
"He pulled up his trousers and walked away. He was rolling a cigarette. He said nothing to her."
The case is being heard at Maidstone Crown Court

The case is being heard at Maidstone Crown Court

Miss Hirst said Perfect had previously asked the girl if she would go out with him and she said no.
 
When she arrived home her parents saw she was dishevelled and upset.
 
Miss Hirst said intimate samples taken from Perfect revealed the girl's DNA, which undermined his assertion they had consensual sex four days earlier.
 
"The only issue is going to be her credibility," she said. "Is she telling the truth?"
 
The girl agreed in evidence she told police she was a virgin when she was allegedly raped on Sunday, April 21.
 
But questioned by Brett Weaver, defending, she admitted having sex with Perfect at his home four days earlier.
 
Asked if she consented, she replied: "I think so."
 
Mr Weaver: "Before that Sunday were you a virgin?"
 
Girl: "Yeah."
 
Mr Weaver: "Did you tell the police you had never had sex before?"
 
"The only issue is going to be her credibility. Is she telling the truth...?" - Kathryn Hirst, prosecuting
Girl: "Yes."
 
Mr Weaver: "Had you had sex before that Sunday?"
 
Girl: "Yeah."
 
Mr Weaver: "Who with?"
 
Girl: "Harry."
 
Asked if she had sex with her boyfriend, she said: "I can't remember."
 
She denied having sex with him two weeks earlier.
 
"I hadn't had sex with him," she said.
 
The prosecutor then asked the teenager if she had sex with Perfect at his house.
 
She replied: "I can't remember."
 
The girl, now 17, was said by her mother to have a mental age of 13 or 14.
 
The trial continues.

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