A woman who was allegedly raped and sexually assaulted after she accepted a lift home told police she was left “numb” and “frozen”.

Turgay Denli, 29, is on trial at Carlisle Crown Court having denied two charges of raping and sexually assaulting a woman inside a vehicle in west Cumbria in the early hours of December 23 last year.

A jury heard the woman went out the previous evening, drinking throughout the night and into the next morning.

At about 3.30am she and a friend were offered a lift to their respective homes by takeaway worker Denli.

After the friend was dropped off it is alleged he drove to a dark “bumpy road”.

Jurors watched footage of an interview the woman gave to a police officer.

She recalled that she was lying on the front passenger seat, which was pushed back and Denli was on top of her.

Her arms, she said, were by her side, although she could not remember how that situation had occurred.

“He was having sex with me. It was quite forceful,” she said. “He didn’t hurt me in any way. He didn’t hit me or anything. He wasn’t aggressive in that way. He just wouldn’t stop.

“I didn’t know where I was. I just was looking out of the glass, the window. It was dark,” she added.

The woman said she felt “numb. Just numb”.

Denli, she said, was trying to kiss her.

“What were you doing when he was pushing his tongue into your mouth?” the police officer asked.

“I was just frozen, really,” the woman said. “I said ‘I don’t want it to happen’. He said, ‘yes you do’.”

Denli, she said, asked her to engage in further sexual activity but she told him, “No”.

“I just kept saying ‘please take me home; please don’t, just take me home’. I was trying to switch off at that point.”

She said Denli did then stop and drove her home.

However, jurors have heard that Denli, previously of King Street, Workington, denies the allegations.

He claims the encounter was consensual.

The trial continues.