Woman raped at knifepoint in Huntingdon man’s home, jury told

09:00 06 March 2013

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A WOMAN was allegedly held hostage in a Huntingdon man’s home after being raped at knifepoint, a jury was told.

A trial at Huntingdon Crown Court heard that the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was drinking with George Kibet on September 18 last year before going to his house where she said he raped her and then refused to let her leave.

In an interview with police the following day, the woman said she was drinking with Mr Kibet and two of his friends in Huntingdon at about 1.30pm after attending a meeting and doing some shopping. At the time she had already consumed four cans of a pre-mixed vodka drink.

The woman told the officers that she knew Mr Kibet, 26, of Nene Road, from college but only well enough to talk to him in the street.

The court was told that the group drank at a park and the Market Inn before the two friends left. The woman and Mr Kibet returned to the park where they kissed, the jury heard, and then walked along the ring road. They stopped off at a convenience store to buy cider and cigarettes before heading to Mr Kibet’s home.

The woman said in the interview: “By the time we got to the flat it was quite dark.

“We went inside and it was derelict. Upstairs there was a room on the left. There was only a mattress on the floor. We sat down and drank and smoked. He was then really cold and then aggressive.

“I was saying that I wanted to go and get out.

“He appeared to be holding a pen knife in his hand. I don’t know where he got it from.

I laid back on the mattress because I was told he was going to stab me or something. I was so traumatised I couldn’t do anything.”

The woman rang police at 8.53pm and tried to leave Mr Kibet’s house.

While still on the phone to the police, the woman tried to escape through a window but was allegedly stopped by Mr Kibet.

Throughout the call, the operator asked to speak to Mr Kibet. A man did talk to the operator and gave a fake name, saying several times that he would open the door but failed to do so.

Mr Kibet, the court was told, eventually opened the door when the woman was asked by the operator to search his house for post so that she would know his address.

When cross examined by Mr Kibet’s barrister Allison Summers, the woman admitted that she had in the back of her mind that they were heading to Mr Kibet’s house.

Ms Summers asked the woman: “At any point did you tell George Kibet to leave you alone?”

The woman replied: “Maybe verbally I didn’t say to leave me alone, but I tried to with my body language.”

Mr Kibet denies two counts of rape and one of false imprisonment.

The trial, which began on Monday, continues.

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