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Jury hears girl claimed she was raped in a secluded path

A teenage girl tried to fight off a cyclist who moments later raped her on a secluded path, a jury heard today.

The alleged victim claims she was pushed to the ground and attacked while walking home along a cycle track, near Pontycymer, on November 25, last year.

David Andrew Haydon, 26, of Upper Adare Street, Pontycymer, denies the charge and claims the girl became upset when he rejected her advances.

The jury at Cardiff Crown Court heard a recorded interview played where the girl described to detectives leaving the house of an acquaintance to meet up with a friend at around 5pm, but left to go home when no-one turned up.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she had seen a “skinny” man, swigging from a bottle of beer, ride past her on a bike in the opposite direction before returning five minutes later to assault her.

“He grabbed my right arm and turned to me to ask me to give him a kiss. He was pulling and dragging me down,” the girl said.

“Then I started to get worried – I didn’t know what his intentions were.”

She added: “When I started resisting he held me close and started pulling my arms and that is when I tried to get him off me.”

A second interview was played to the jury in which the girl admitted lying about going to meet with a friend, telling detectives she had gone for a cigarette but didn’t want her parents to find out.

She also told police her attacker had threatened to slit her throat, telling detectives: “I was very scared.”

Defence barrister Nicholas Gareth Jones said the girl had stopped Haydon while on the cycle track and tried to kiss him.

“You had been smoking cannabis and you asked him for a sip of his lager and he handed you his can and you had a sip of it,” he said.

“Then you went to up to him and tried to kiss him and put your hand on his leg. He asked you what you were doing, pushed you away and you said something to him like, ‘I thought you wanted it’. He said he was married and you got very upset.”

The girl replied: “I had never even met him before, why would I do that?”

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