Cumbria Crack

Woman denies that account of alleged Carlisle kidnap and rape was “fabrication”

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] WOMAN allegedly kidnapped and raped by a man in Carlisle has insisted that the account she gave to police during an interview was not a “fabrication”.

Luke Thompson, 24, is on trial at the city’s crown court. He denies four charges alleging rape, one kidnap allegation and a further charge of alleged sexual assault.

All of these charges relate to the same female complainant, who made allegations to police during a video-recorded interview which has been shown to a jury.

“I tried to stop him. I tried to push him off,” the woman said of one incident during which Thompson stands accused of pulling her into a Carlisle flat before allegedly raping her.

Today (WED), the woman was cross-examined as she gave evidence to jurors while shielded from public view by a screen.

David Traynor, for Thompson, said to the woman: “I am suggesting to you that the account you gave to police was a fabrication.”

The woman replied: “No.”

Thompson, of no fixed address, also denies the alleged use of controlling and coercive behaviour towards a second woman.

His trial continues.

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