Rape ‘victim’, 20, who took her own life days after ‘being kidnapped and attacked by a man she thought was a taxi driver’ gives evidence from beyond the grave
- Jury shown interview which woman gave to police two days after alleged attack
- She claimed that Mansouri picked her up as she tried to hail cab in Chester
- Woman sent messages to friends saying she had been kidnapped and was ‘literally scared’ as he drove her to his house, court heard
- Masood Mansouri, 33, from Saltney, denies rape, kidnap and sexual assault
An alleged rape victim who took her own life is giving evidence from beyond the grave over allegations she was kidnapped and attacked by a man she thought was a taxi driver.
Masood Mansouri, 33, from Saltney, Flintshire, is accused of kidnapping, sexual assaulting and raping the 20-year-old after allegedly pretending to be a taxi driver when the woman was trying to hail a cab.
Today, the jury was shown a video-taped interview which the woman gave to police two days after the alleged incident. Five days later, the woman took a fatal overdose, the court heard.
In the interview, the young woman, from Mochdre, near Colwyn Bay, told officers she had only got into Mansouri’s car because she believed he was a taxi driver.
But minutes later, she had sent text messages to friends saying that she had been kidnapped. She then sent another message 12 seconds later saying she was ‘not joking’.
Seven seconds later, she sent a final message saying: ‘Literally scared’.
Judge Raj Shetty told the jury that the video interview was an ‘unusual factor’ but that it should not affect their judgment in the case.
Prosecutor Nicholas William had told the court how the woman had been to a party with two Chester university friends at their halls of residence.
The court heard she had drunk cocktails, as well as half of bottle of vodka.
The jury was told how the group decided to get a taxi to the Bar 69 nightclub in Boughton at around midnight. After unsuccessfully ringing one taxi company, the woman went onto a nearby green to hail a cab.
But the driver, who picked her up in his three series BMW, was actually Mansouri, the court heard.
Despite the woman telling Mansouri that he needed to wait for her friends, he drove off with her in the car, the jury heard.
The young woman, who was unfamiliar with Chester, only became suspicious of the driver’s route when she realised they were entering a residential area. At that point, the woman covertly sent three text messages to one of her friends, in a desperate cry for help.
The court heard how the car then pulled up outside what is now known to be Mansouri’s home address, where he told her to switch off her phone.
Mr Williams told the court that, at this point, the alleged victim was ‘trying to think of ways to get out of the situation without aggravating him’.
But Mansouri told her to go upstairs, where she claimed that he started trying to kiss her and was ‘really rough’. He then sexually assaulted her.
The woman then managed to escape and ran out of the house and hid behind a bush, from where she phoned one of her friends and told them to ring 999, the court heard.
The jury heard how neighbours were awoken by the commotion with one describing the woman’s behaviour as ‘hysterical’. The alleged victim told another nearby resident Dawn Brown that she had tried to hail a taxi but that the man had taken her back to his house.
Mrs Brown then called a taxi company, which picked the woman up and took her to Bar 69 where she met one of her friends, the court heard. Taxi driver Simon Rodric said she was upset and crying.
The prosecutor said the woman initially tried to forget about what had happened and decided not to tell police. But when she woke up on Monday morning, she realised the seriousness of what had happened and told her mother.
DNA tests, which revealed the defendant’s DNA, were then taken. The woman was also interviewed by police on camera.
When he was arrested, Mansouri said he only stopped when the woman put her hand up on the street because he thought she must know him.
He described how she got in on her own accord. He then claimed it was the woman who instigated the sexual encounter by allegedly saying she ‘wasn’t looking for a relationship but was looking for sex’.
The prosecutor told the jury: ‘A particularly tragic feature of this case is that five days after that video recorded interview with the police she took her own life. She took a fatal dose of her mother’s blood pressure tablets.’
Mansouri denies all the charges. The case continues.