Alleged rape of drunken undergraduate is typical of 'world of modern students', court hears

Lydia Willgress
Lewis Tappenden, 24, is accused of raping the 18-year-old student after meeting her for the first time on a night out - © SWNS.com

The alleged rape of a drunken undergraduate is typical of the "world of modern students", a court has heard.

Lewis Tappenden, 24, is accused of raping the 18-year-old student after meeting her for the first time on a night out. 

The pair are said to have started kissing within a minute of meeting at the Drawing Room nightclub, with the teenager allegedly picking him up after telling her friends she was going "out on the pull".  

CCTV from the night showed the teenager, who was studying at York St John University, leading Tappenden, who was, until recently, a student, out of the club and the two holding hands and kissing on the walk to her halls of residence.

He knew why he was there, he knew what he wanted and he carried on regardless

Tom Storey, prosecuting

The jury at York Crown Court also saw footage of Tappenden and the student, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, smiling together and kissing in the lift up to her room.

The court heard the alleged victim later changed her mind and said "no". Tappenden is said to have held her down to have sex before being ejected from her room after her flatmates alerted security. 

On Friday, prosecutor Tom Storey warned the jury they were not passing judgement on morals as he said: "Welcome to the world of modern students - going out every night, drinking to excess, picking up members of the opposite sex, with the intention of some sexual activity taking place."

He said Tappenden had turned violent when the student changed her mind as they lay in bed. "He knew why he was there, he knew what he wanted and he carried on regardless," Mr Storey added. "Lewis Tappenden became more rough and violent towards her when she said 'no'."

Tappenden is said to have held her down to have sex before being ejected from her room after her flatmates alerted security - Credit:  Benjamin Paul / SWNS.com

The court also heard Tappenden had cheated on his girlfriend that night and the complainant had been happy to take back a man she had never met before to her room.

It came as Emma Rance, defending, said the case should serve as a "warning to every man who goes back to a woman's room for a one-night stand and the repercussions when that woman later regrets it".  

The court heard the teenager, who had been out with her friends every night that week, started kissing Tappenden within a minute of meeting him in the nightclub, and told him "I just want to f--k you."

It is a warning to every man who goes back to a woman's room for a one-night stand

Emma Rance, defending

Miss Rance said: "Language used like that from a young woman he had just met in a club imprinted on his mind."

Describing the CCTV, which showed the couple together, Miss Rance said: "She takes his hand and leads him out of the lift by his hand."

The jury was told they went to her room before lying naked on her bed and having sex. But when he went to be sick in her bathroom she fled the room.

Tappenden then locked himself in her room and university security had to gain access and escort him from the halls of residence. A few days later she accused him of rape, but told police she did not know his name.

The court heard that she sustained "love bites" to her neck and bruising to her breasts.

Tappenden, of Huntington, Cambridgeshire, denies raping the student on October 2, 2015.

Judge Andrew Stubbs QC is to start summing up the case to the jury on Tuesday.

The case continues.

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