Hucknall man denies raping woman

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A Hucknall man has denied charges of showing a woman a pornographic video and then raping her.

Keith Robinson (53), of Birchdale Avenue, Hucknall, pleaded not guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to three charges of sexual abuse which allegedly took place on the same afternoon.

As well as raping the woman, he is accused of sexually assaulting her and also of showing her pornographic images on his computer.

Richard Thatcher (prosecuting) told the jury the offences came to light two weeks later when the woman was having supper at home with her family.

“She was being moody and sulky and eventually left the dinner table to go to her room,” said Mr Thatcher.

“When her sister followed her, she revealed that she had been abused. She told her the man had got her to watch dirty stuff and then had sex with her.”

The court was told he showed her the pornographic images “so that she understood sexual matters if she ever had a boyfriend” and then carried out the rape and assault.

After he was arrested, Robinson admitted viewing porn, but denied any sexual or physical activity.

The woman was interviewed by a specially trained police officer.

The court was told that the woman was also interviewed by Dr Jennifer Cutler about the alleged offences - but not until ten months later.

And doubts were cast on the reliability of the woman’s evidence by the legal team representing Mr Robinson.

She had been asked to explain what had happened using illustrated cards, in which the woman had to give answers of yes, no or not sure about what had happened with Robinson.

The woman completed the tests, said Mr Gosnell, but the results did not tally with what she had originally told police.

The prosecution said this was because of the passage of time.

Mr Gosnell said: “We cannot ignore the significance of this inconsistency.

“The woman’s account of the rape is wholly unrealistic.”

“This is a case of one word against another,” he said. “There is no scientific evidence to support what the woman says, and there are no eye-witnesses.

“We have the evidence, but inferences have been drawn. This is no place for speculation or assumptions.”

Mr Gosnell said Robinson accepted that he “enjoyed regularly looking at porn” on a laptop.

But he denied that he had shown it to the woman for sexual gratification.

He had Googled the word ‘sex’ and played a film for about 30 seconds.

Robinson, formerly of Amesbury Circus, Nottingham, was described in court as “a quiet man”.

When initially arrested, he refused to answer police questions on the advice of his solicitor. But he prepared a written statement in which he “completely denied” the allegations against him.

Robinson faced more than two hours of cross-examination from both Mr Gosnell and prosecuting barrister, Richard Thatcher.

He said he was “ashamed, disgusted and very sorry” that he had shown her images of a couple having sex.

When asked if he had sexually abused the woman, Robinson repeatedly said: “No” .

“I did not rape her,” he declared.