Rape trial hears sex was consensual

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A COURT has heard how a woman who accused a man of repeatedly raping her had demanded money from him.

Married father-of-two Dean Smitherman, from Havant, is appearing at Chichester Crown Court on 18 counts of rape and two indecent assaults between 2002 and 2010, which he denies.

In a police interview read to the court yesterday, Smitherman claimed he and the alleged 26-year-old victim had sex three times and on each occasion it was consensual.

The 41-year-old told police the alleged victim had been paying back a debt to him but then demanded money from him or she would tell his wife they were having an affair.

He claimed since 2006 he said he gave her between £2,000 and £3,000 and he could no longer afford her demands and the money was given as a loan.

In earlier evidence the court heard the victim say her arms had been bound by Smitherman with cable ties.

In the police interview he said she asked him to.

When asked in police interview why he had given her money, he replied: ‘I’ve been a right fool. I should’ve said no in the beginning.’

(Proceeding)