"Uncharming caveman" attempted to rape woman, court hearsBy Becky Barnes
March 07, 2013
A ‘uncharming caveman’ took advantage of a drunk woman before taking her to a hotel and attempting to rape her, a court heard.
Mark Rickard, 46, is accused of kidnapping, attempting to rape and sexually assaulting a Bracknell woman at the Hilton Hotel, in Bagshot Road, on July 27, last year.
A jury of six men and six women at Reading Crown Court heard Rickard met the-then 33-year-old alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, during Olympic opening ceremony festivities at The Goose pub, in Station Road, Bracknell.
Prosecutor Walton Hornsby, summing up on day six of the trial on Tuesday, said: “He saw that she was on the way to becoming extremely drunk and saw there was an opportunity to take advantage of her.”
One of the woman’s friends told the court the alleged victim ‘couldn’t take her drink’ and wouldn’t get into a taxi, so she had left her.
Rickard admitted drinking 10 pints of Foster’s and a Jägerbomb before he got into a taxi with the woman, kissed her and checked into the hotel.
CCTV from inside the hotel shown to jurors captured Rickard picking the woman up, ‘throwing’ her over his shoulder and taking her to a room at around midnight, claimed Nadine Radford, defending.
Mr Hornsby said: “She was dead to the world as he carried her to the hotel room and the only reason he did this was to have sex with her.”
The court heard staff ‘concerned for the woman’s welfare’ knocked on the door 20 minutes later to find him naked and ‘soaking wet’ with sweat and the woman naked from the waist down allegedly asleep on the bed.
Mrs Radford pointed out that although this behaviour presented Rickard as an ‘uncharming caveman’, he had given his details to the hotel.
She said the case had not been ‘nailed down properly’ because the woman was ‘one of those people we all see on television in A&E being drunk and sleeping it off’ and was too drunk to remember what happened.
The court heard Rickard repeatedly asked the woman where she lived before kissing her and giving her coffee to sober her up.
Mrs Radford added: “If his idea was to kidnap her and take her away why would he continue to ask where she lived, wake her up and sober her up?”
Rickard claimed the woman took her own jeans off while he was in the bathroom after she had been sick.
Mr Hornsby told the jury Rickard was lying and trying ‘to pull the wool over [their] eyes’.
Rickard, of Reading Road, Burghfield Common, Reading, denies all charges.
The trial continues.