Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Woman denies false rape claim

A Tilehurst woman cried rape twice after agreeing to have sex on both occasions, a court heard.

Emma Blunden, 21, denies two counts of perverting the course of justice after an alleged incident in February this year, and another in July 2008.

Opening the case at Reading Crown Court on Monday, Ian Acheson, prosecuting, said Blunden had been at a party in Prospect Street in the town centre on February 4, when she had gone into the communal bathroom with three men, Shane Roberts, Craig Pilime and Colin McDonagh.

She told police that while she was in the bathroom she was raped by the men in turns and after leaving the party she called 999 from Thatcham station first to say her train fare money had been stolen and then she added that she had been gang raped.

Mr Acheson said: “From the start aspects of her behaviour caused concern. She was seemingly untroubled by what had happened. But her peculiar conduct went further than that and one officer dealing with her complaint thought she was making observations that were particularly towards him – she was very keen to get the officer’s phone number.”

The court heard police conducted inquiries with other people who had been at the house party who said Blunden had been flirting with one of the men and that when she had gone into the bathroom she was heard giggling: “Who’s going to go first then?”

Following her arrest for perverting the course of justice in May, this year, Blunden was also arrested for a second charge relating to an allegation in July 2008 when she said she had been raped by a man living in the same hostel as her in Newbury.

Mr Acheson said she had been boasting about having sex with the man after the incident and that she sent a text to him after the accusation apologising for getting him arrested. In both cases the alleged attackers were arrested but no charges were brought.

At court yesterday Melanie Goulding, who had known Blunden for eight years and was living in the same hostel, said the defendant appeared happy when she was with a man called Jamie Mabey before and after the night in question in the July incident.

She told the court she had gone into Mr Mabey’s room on the night of July 26, 2008, and saw Blunden in her pyjamas lying across him on his bed.

Miss Goulding said: “She seemed happy, she was chatting and smiling.”

She said later, during the night, she heard Blunden and a friend Charlene in the corridor outside her room laughing. She then heard them knocking on a door she took to be Mr Mabey’s.

The next day, Miss Goulding asked Blunden if she had slept with him and Blunden started laughing and said, ‘Yes’, the court was told.

She said she saw Blunden later that afternoon holding hands with Mr Mabey. Three days later, on July 30, Miss Goulding said she saw Blunden, who told her she was going to the police station.

She had a love bite and said it was from her ex which she got during sex. Blunden, of College Piece, Mortimer, denies both counts.


Link:

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2083245_woman_denies_false_rape_claim