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James Woodland of Ramsgate accused of rape denies forcing woman to have sex

By Sian Napier

A man accused of raping a woman has told a court she initiated the sex.

James Woodland told Canterbury Crown Court that shortly before this happened he had attacked the woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, and had gripped her hard around the neck.

Woodland, of Augusta Place, Ramsgate, denies two charges of raping the woman and one of oral rape.

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

He has admitted assaulting her, making threats to kill her and keeping her prisoner.

Woodland told the court that in an argument he became angry and punched her.

He said that as she got up he hit her again.

“I was angry and I kicked her two or three times. I put both hands around her neck and I gripped hard and then let go. She did not lose consciousness. It was only a couple of seconds.”

"I put both hands around her neck and I gripped hard and then let go" - James Woodland

Woodland said his heart was pounding so much by then that he sat down and was sick. About 45 minutes later they had sex.

“I didn’t want this,” Woodland said. "She initiated it. Afterwards I felt really grubby and had a bath.”

He denied raping the woman and forcing her to have oral sex with him.

Woodland said he was very ashamed of assaulting her but added that she was not in a terrified or distressed state afterwards.

The trial continues.

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