Girl claims she was raped in washroom at Pocklington property

Shaun Carter
Shaun Carter

A girl told a jury she cried as a man raped her in a washroom at a property in Pocklington before she pushed past him and fled.

The underage girl told a jury she had been “stoned” on cannabis when Shaun Carter pestered her and eventually forced himself on her.

Carter, 35, of North End, York, has gone on trial denying raping the girl and a separate charge of indecently assaulting a schoolboy.

In a DVD interview played to a jury at Hull Crown Court on Tuesday the girl said the rape took place outside the sight and hearing of others. She said she had been smoking cannabis and was “stoned” when Carter had asked for her help with washing as a ruse.

She said: “I could not have walked out the room. He was stood in front of the door. I thought: “Oh my God. What the hell was going to happen. I was screaming at the time. I pushed him away.

“He fell backwards. I pushed him quite hard to get out. I went through the door and pretended nothing had happened. I was not screaming very loud because others would have heard. I stopped myself from crying.”

Opening the prosecution case, Crown barrister David Bradshaw said Carter was 
interviewed by the police and said he thought it was a result of an argument over money lending.

He said he thought the girl had a crush on him and had been in touch with her through text messages and told her to stop telling lies.

Mr Bradshaw said the initial complaint was not proceeded with by the police until a second allegation was made of sexual assault on a boy. He said Carter took advantage while the boy was pretending to be asleep. “He started talking to the boy about a dog,” said Mr Bradshaw. “The boy said he grabbed him and he pushed him off and kicked out at him. The defendant then left.”

Mr Bradshaw said when Carter was interviewed by police for a second time he admitted knowing the boy. He said he had told him off once when he misbehaved and had called him gay. He denied committing the offence.

Mr Bradshaw said to the jury: “There is no stereotypical complainant. There is no stereotypical defendant. You heard the word rape and you may have made an immediate judgement. You must put those feelings to one side.”

The trial continues.