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Woman weeps giving evidence at rape trial of Brian Thrale

25 April 2012
by Danny Boyle

A woman broke down in tears in court as she gave evidence against the man accused of raping her as a child.

The alleged victim was said to have been raped three times by 62-year-old Brian Thrale, who is also accused of indecently assaulting her.

Jurors watched a video recording of an interview she gave to police in Folkestone in September 2010.

In the interview, which lasted more than an hour and throughout which she is seen wiping away tears, she said Thrale "pinned me to a bed and started having sex with me" in an ordeal that lasted 15 minutes.

"I told him to get off me but he wouldn't," she told a female officer. "He said that if I told anyone, he'd do it even more.

"He said he wanted to show me what adults do when they're older.

"He said it was nothing to be afraid of and told me: 'No one's going to know because you're not going to tell anyone.'

"I told him it was hurting me. I told him to stop. He said it would hurt but told me: 'No one's going to do it to you before I do.'"

She told police how, after raping her for a second time, Thrale "told me to put my trousers on and to go and sort myself out".

"I scrubbed myself to the point I made myself bleed," she said. "I didn't want him on me."

Before he is said to have raped her for a third time, Thrale allegedly said: "I don't get this sex a lot, so I'm going to get it through you."

Canterbury Crown Court also heard how, shortly before the alleged victim's 16th birthday, he performed a sex act in front of her as she sat on a table.

Thomas Restell, defending, said to the alleged victim during cross-examination about the first alleged rape: "I put it to you that it is an invention of your own. It never happened."

She replied tearfully: "Yes it did. It's all true."

Thrale, of Marshlands, Dymchurch, is on trial charged with three rapes and five indecent assaults.

He is also accused of five offences against a second person - two counts of indecent assault and one each of sexual activity with a child, sexual assault and exposure.

The offences are said to have been carried out in Hythe and Folkestone.

Thrale, who is on conditional bail, denies all the charges.

The trial continues.

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