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Deptford man accused of rape denies attacking woman in Sandwich

By Sean Axtell

A suspected rapist told his accuser he “wanted control and power over her,” a jury heard.

Robin Stratton, 30, allegedly told the woman he was overcome by an “animalistic state” and felt “deep shame, guilt and regret” following the reported attack.

Stratton, of Frankham Street in Deptford denies raping the woman in Sandwich.

Stratton allegedly told the victim he wanted control and power over her. Stock picture
Stratton allegedly told the victim he wanted control and power over her. Stock picture

Prosecutor Catherine Donnelly told a court: “She made it clear she did not want sex.

“He threw her on the floor. After the incident he said he had just raped her and wanted control and power over her.

“He would later send texts and letters apologising for raping her.

“She told a friend and rang the rape crisis line where she explained she had bruising to the top of her thighs and a pain in her tummy.”

Miss Donnelly added Stratton admitted he had been “evil” in one of numerous apologetic texts and felt “deep shame, guilt and regret.”

Stratton is on trial at Canterbury Crown Court
Stratton is on trial at Canterbury Crown Court

Reading excerpts of the messages she told Canterbury Crown Court: “I feel so horrible to write this down and I know how much this hurt you.

“I am seeking professional help. I have acted truly evil towards you.

“Ps. I have signed (this email) so you have full proof of my actions.

“I feel it was a serious act of mistrust and disrespect.”

The court heard Stratton attended Canterbury Police Station shortly after the allegation was made and gave two no comment interviews.

It came after the complainant told police Stratton had forced himself on her despite refusing sex numerous times.

“He texted me at about 2am saying how bad he felt about what he had done." - rape victim

In a video of the interview played at the court she claimed Stratton admitted raping her shortly after the alleged attack.

“I just truly froze and it was like I had took some kind of weird pill or something and I just froze,” she added.

“He texted me at about 2am saying how bad he felt about what he had done.

“Then he texted me the next day saying how bad he felt and that he wanted to talk about it.”

Stratton’s barrister Ali Bajwa QC told the jury the boundaries of consent had become blurred.

“You will hear they are both perfectly decent people who may have got their wires crossed in the heat of the situation,” he said.

The trial, heard by Judge James O’Mahoney, continues.

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