Rape accused ‘grabbed woman by the throat’


A 41-YEAR-OLD man has gone on trial accused of raping and sexually assaulting a woman multiple times.

David Nigel Pearce appeared in the Royal Court yesterday on the first day of his Assize trial, which is expected to last until the end of the week.

Mr Pearce denies four counts of rape and three sexual assaults.

Outlining the prosecution’s case, Crown Advocate Simon Thomas said Mr Pearce was verbally abusive to the woman.

Advocate Thomas told the jury that on several occasions Mr Pearce shouted at his alleged victim, grabbed her by the throat and pinned her down before forcing himself on her sexually, ignoring her cries that he stop because he was hurting her.

Advocate Thomas added: “There can’t be any question that the victim was consenting, and there can be no basis for the defendant misunderstanding her position.”

On another occasion, it was alleged that Mr Pearce grabbed the victim by the throat and that she had wet herself because she was so fearful.

The court heard that Mr Pearce was arrested following an altercation in which he had been “going crazy”, which Advocate Thomas said resulted in the victim slapping him and initially being questioned by police on suspicion that she had assaulted him.

Giving evidence from behind a screen so she could not be seen by the accused or those in the public gallery, the victim described how during the first incident Mr Pearce attacked her in a drunken rage.

The woman told the jury that Mr Pearce had been extremely angry after she attempted to defend the reputation of her friends, who he had referred to as “whores” and “sluts”.

Advocate David Steenson is representing Mr Pearce, while Commissioner Sir John Saunders is presiding.

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