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Rape accused told police he had “done nothing wrong”

Carlisle Crown Court
Carlisle Crown Court

[A] COURT has heard how a woman who was allegedly raped told a friend the next day she felt “violated”.

Neil Bell, 51, is on trial at Carlisle Crown Court. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of rape which relates to alleged criminal conduct on October 17, 2015.

On day two of Bell’s trial today (THURS), jurors heard the woman sent a series of messages to a friend the day after the incident.

She described feeling “violated”, and added: “He has basically had sex with me without my consent because I was asleep.”

Bell, of Walls Road, Salterbeck, Workington, was later arrested and interviewed by police. He insisted to an officer he asked the woman twice if she would like to have sex. Both times, he said, the woman replied “yes”.

“I never done nothing wrong,” Bell stated. “I got full consent with her.”

The trial continues.

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