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Man accused of sexual assault on woman in Melton claims he undid trousers to urinate

PUBLISHED: 17:05 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:05 21 March 2017

Melton train station. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Melton train station. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

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A woman who was allegedly attacked by a stranger as she waited for a train at a deserted Suffolk railway station has denied that her account of what happened was “pure imagination and fantasy”.

Giving evidence at Ipswich Crown Court the alleged victim denied “embellishing” the details of the alleged incident at Melton station and that she was mistaken about what happened.

It has been alleged that the woman was sitting on a bench at the unattended station at around 9.45 pm on July 19 last year when she was approached by 24-year-old Sam Duncan who said: “Hello sexy”.

Duncan, who was wearing motor-cycling clothing, walked away but then stood a short distance away from her before putting on his cycle helmet and allegedly indecently exposing himself to her, said Richard Kelly, prosecuting.

He allegedly told the woman: “You are going to get it tonight,” before taking hold of her head with both hands and attempting to orally rape her.

The woman, who is in her 20s, tried to turn her head away and screamed “No” before pushing him away, said Mr Kelly.

When the woman’s train arrived she told a conductor about what had allegedly happened and when she arrived at Ipswich station she was spoken to by police officers.

She gave police a description of her alleged attacker and Duncan was arrested on August 26.

Duncan, 24, of Alan Road, has pleaded not guilty to attempting to orally rape the woman on July 19 and an alternative less serious charge of sexually assaulting her.

He has also denied an offence of indecent exposure on the same date.

The jury has heard that Duncan has two convictions for exposure in July 2014.

The court heard that following his arrest Duncan denied sexually assaulting the woman in any way and claimed he had undone his trousers because he needed to urinate.

Giving evidence the alleged victim denied a suggestion from defence counsel Juliet Donovan that her account of what happened was “pure imagination and fantasy” and that all she had seen Duncan do was urinate.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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