Blackburn student ‘tied to bed and raped’
A STUDENT was dragged away from her friends in the street, tied to a bed and raped, a jury was told.
Preston Crown Court heard Daniel Rakestraw, 19, stopped his motorbike when he saw the victim walking near the Raj restaurant, in Bolton Road, Blackburn, with two male friends.
He took her to the house where his father was staying and attacked her, the court was told.
Giving recorded video evidence, the 16-year-old said she feared Rakestraw would stab her if she did not do what he said and that her ‘heart was pounding’.
She said: “I was walking with two friends and we were going to go and meet my other friends.
“Every time I hear a motorbike, my heart pounds because I get so scared. I was trying to hide.
“We started running and he came on the pavement and almost knocked us over. He said ‘come with me’.
“He grabbed me and pulled me all the way down past the petrol station and through back alleyways. I kept telling him to get off me but he just would not. I was shaking and crying my eyes out.”
The prosecution claimed that when Rakestraw, who denies four charges of rape, one of kidnap and another of false imprisonment, arrived at his father’s house with the girl, he used a cable and a belt to tie her hand to the bed to make sure she could not escape.
Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said: “Her phone was ringing and the defendant answered it. He covered her mouth.
“The defendant threw her mobile telephone on the floor and said he was going to the toilet.
“He had loosened one of the ties to some degree and the victim was able to get one of her hands free to speak to a police officer.
“She was recovered a little while later looking terrified, sobbing and shaking.”
The other rape charges relate to when the defendant was living in Shear Brow and ‘forced the victim into sexual intercourse’.
When Rakestraw was arrested and interviewed by police, he said all the activity was consensual and denied he had been keeping her against her will.