Man in court over rape claim

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A YOUNG Wigan man raped a teenage girl in his own home despite her begging him to stop, it has been claimed.

A jury heard that James Duckworth allegedly attacked the 17-year-old after a row and also threatened to burn down her home.

Opening the prosecution case Geoffrey Lowe said that while visiting his home in Vine Street, Whelley, they argued and he became physically aggressive.

She left the house but after the 22-year-old sent her a text she became fearful and returned but as the situation did not improve she decided to go home at about 10pm. She walked off to her bus stop but he was verbally aggressive and threatened to burn down her home and also threatened to kill her by slitting her throat with a knife. The young woman was so afraid she went back with him to his home, where his sick aunt was sleeping upstairs.

He then raped her despite her begging him to stop, it was alleged.

Afterwards she told him “that was rape” but as she was still frightened of him she remained at the house until the next day when she was able to leave.

She immediately rang a relative to pick her up and she told them she had been raped.

Mr Lowe said that when interviewed by police Duckworth denied rape and claimed she had initiated sex and had enjoyed it.

He also denied having threatened her – she had recorded the conversation on her phone.


“He was trying to lie his way out of it,” claimed Mr Lowe.

Duckworth has pleaded not guilty to rape, making a threat to kill, threatening to cause criminal damage and assault by beating.