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Cardigan man ‘raped drunken woman’

swansea-crown-courtA CARDIGAN man has gone on trial accused of raping a woman who the prosecution claim was too drunk to give her consent.

But Daniel Philip Evans told police after his arrest that the sex had been “magical.”

Evans, aged 42, of Castle View, The Strand, denies rape.

Ian Wright, prosecuting, told a jury at Swansea Crown Court that the woman was so drunk she had to be helped home from a wine bar and to this day still had no memory of what happened next.

Mr Wright said she had been to the Red Lion pub and then the Dragon wine bar, both in Cardigan town centre, where she fell over and was taken home by the bar manager and a customer.

But she returned a short while later, only to slump to the ground again.

Mr Wright said Evans, a complete stranger, helped her to get home a second time.

He said the woman woke at 6am the following morning to find Evans in her bed. Both were naked.

“She asked him ‘who the hell are you,’” added Mr Wright, and told him to leave.

The woman then realised she had been sick during the night and found what turned out to be the wrapper of a Viagra tablet.

Mr Wright said Evans returned to her home in the early hours a couple of days later and began shouting in the street. Police happened to be nearby and the woman told them she wanted to make a complaint.

During her statement to police she asked, “At what point did he decide that I was consenting or that I was in a fit state to consent?”

After his arrest Evans said he had met her in the wine bar and thought she was “away with the fairies” and so helped her home. There, he had been invited into her home and then into her bed. He took a Viagra tablet and had sex with her “in about fifteen different positions.”

He described her as gorgeous and said the sex had been magical and that it had been one of the best nights of his life.

The trial resumes on Monday (Nov 7).

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