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Ludlow man raped 'very drunk' woman after night out, court told

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A woman was allegedly raped by a man at his Ludlow home after a night out in Shrewsbury, a court has heard.

The pair had been drinking in Shrewsbury town centre as they celebrated a friend’s birthday.

A jury at Stafford Crown Court was told yesterday the alleged victim, who was “very drunk” and had been refused entry to a nightclub, had limited recollection of events.

Defendant Thomas Treasure, 30, of Tinkers Hill, Ludlow, denies raping the woman during the early hours of November 22, 2015.

It was claimed the young woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not consent to have sex with the defendant.

Mr Anthony Longworth, prosecuting, said the woman was picked up from her home by the defendant on the evening of November 21.

He said they were with others and the group were drinking at Libertine Cocktail Bar and the House of the Rising Sun in Shrewsbury, where they had champagne and ‘shots’ as part of the birthday celebrations.

Mr Longworth said she was in the street and a doorman told her to stop drinking outside but then turned her away from the club because she was too drunk.

The defendant, who had less to drink, drove the woman to her home but she had been sick in his car.

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He then took her to his address where it is alleged that instead of using a bed in a spare room he put the woman in his own bed and got in with her.

Mr Longworth said the woman claimed she woke to find the defendant having intercourse with her. She protested but he continued, the court was told.

The jury was told Treasure had admitted there was sexual activity but said it was consensual.

The trial continues.

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