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Woman tells court of violent attack where James Woodland allegedly forced her to have sex and strangled her

A court has been told of a woman’s terrifying ordeal at the hands of a man who dragged her by her hair, punched her in the chest, forced her to have sex with him and tried to strangle her.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said James Woodland, of Augusta

Place, Ramsgate, had tried to strangle her.

In a police interview played to a jury at Canterbury Crown Court the woman recounted

how Woodland had threatened to kill her during an attack in December last year.

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court
The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

Woodland admitted assaulting the woman, making threats to kill her and keeping her prisoner but he denied two charges of raping her and one of oral rape.

Neil Moore, prosecuting, said that the victim was subjected to a violent attack.

Woodland pulled her around, held a kitchen knife against her, kicked and punched her and put his teeth over her nose and said he was going to bite it off.

“She said the attack was relentless." Sex then took place.

“She was in total fear about what this man would do" - Neil Moore, prosecuting

Mr Moore told the court: “She was in total fear about what this man would do.”

The woman tried to placate Woodland who pulled out clumps of her hair. Eventually she got away and went to her father’s home and he called the police.

Woodland was arrested, initially for assault and false imprisonment, and then for rape.

He told police he had sex with the victim but did not rape her.

The woman said she did what Woodland wanted because she did not want him to get angry.

The trial continues.

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