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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Carlisle man accused of sex assaults on women

A court heard how a Carlisle woman was subjected to a string of sexual assaults from the same man during the early 1990s.

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Iain Hamilton

Iain Gordon Hamilton, 51, of Housesteads Road, Sandsfield Park, Carlisle, denied a total of 13 charges when he appeared at the city’s crown court for the start of his trial.

He is accused of six counts of rape, four allegations of indecent assault as well as two assault charges against the woman. Hamilton also denies an indecent assault charge against a different woman.

Tim Brennand, prosecuting, said: “This is a factually complicated case – you can see that by the number of counts.”

He told the jury that the woman had known her attacker and only reported the matter last year because at the time she did not feel confident enough to tell the authorities. He said: “The complainant felt that she was unable to contact the police.”

Mr Brennand said that the victim was scared of Hamilton, but in June last year she finally reported the matter. During the hearing, members of the jury heard video interviews with both women.

He said the accused had shown a “sexual predilection for deviant behaviour” and the indecent assaults had involved various objects.

He added: “She was repeatedly raped and indecently assaulted and during intercourse she would be slapped.”

Mr Brennand said the second accuser also knew Hamilton and was asleep while visiting him at the time of the alleged indecent assault.

He said: “The defendant came into the room naked. He pulled off the duvet and began touching her – his hands were everywhere.

“She screamed and fought back – lashing out and attempting to scratch and stop the defendant.”

He added that at the time, also during the early 1990s, no complaint was made and it was also reported more recently.

Hamilton was arrested in July 2013 and questioned by police.

Mr Brennand said that during interview he denied any form of “sexual misconduct”.

He added: “He never saw any bruising but was gracious enough to concede that he had hit her hard enough for there to have been bruises.”

The trial continues.

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