Woman tells of rape hell

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A WOMAN has told how she was tied up and raped in her own Wigan home.

A court heard how a pleasant afternoon watching the Grand National on television turned into a nightmare scenario for the alleged victim. In a videoed interview with police the 32-year-old woman said: “I couldn’t have asked for a better day – until the devil got into his head.”

She told how after they sat drinking and watching the racing, Kenneth Jolley’s mood changed and he dragged her upstairs.

She broke down in tears as she recounted her alleged ordeal, and claimed he had tied her up and raped her.

Jolley, of Broadway, Hindley, is on trial at Liverpool Crown Court, denying rape and assault causing actual bodily harm, on April 9 this year.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said Jolley told her he wanted a relationship with her, but she said she did not want to, and it was after this that his mood changed.

“He turned nasty and became abusive. He dragged me upstairs by my hair. I said ‘what are you doing?’ and he punched me,” she claimed.

“He got me on the bed and he must have knocked me out, because when I came round I was tied up. My bed was broken and I started crying and there was blood everywhere. All my clothes had been ripped off and he had no clothes on. He was on top of me.

“He punched me until I was knocked out again. He had his hand over my mouth and I couldn’t breathe. He was just like a monster. He kept knocking me out and that must have been when he did it. Sick, sick, sick.

“I managed to get my hands free and the bedroom door was open and I ran for it. I grabbed some clothes from the washing basket and put them on.”

Michael Scholes, prosecuting, had warned the jury: “The evidence is not for the squeamish. Steel yourselves, some aspects will not make listening or viewing.”

He said that after Jolley, 41, “had had his way” with her, he left the house and became involved in an argument with neighbours. Police in the area on an unrelated matter arrived, and he was arrested.

Mr Scholes also told the jury medical swabs showed samples taken from the victim matched Jolley’s DNA profile. Samples were also found which had come from another man, though the woman claims she had not had sex for several months.

He said that on that aspect she may not be telling the truth, but the jury could be sure about the rape and assault.

The case has been adjourned until Wednesday.