Teen from Blackburn cleared of rape and kidnap
A TEENAGER accused of a tying a student to a bed and raping her has been cleared.
A jury found Daniel Rakestraw, 19, not guilty of all charges. He had been on remand for nine months awaiting trial after being accused of kidnap and rape.
Preston Crown Court heard Mr Rakestraw had stopped his motorbike when he saw the alleged 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 was alleged to have attacked her. The defence said the girl had gone willingly with Mr Rakestraw, of Revidge Road, Blackburn.
A jury yesterday cleared Mr Rakestraw of four charges of rape, one of kidnap and another of imprisonment.
A defence barrister said the girl made up the allegations because she was worried she would get into trouble for sleeping with Mr Rakestraw.
While questioning the 16-year-old girl, who appeared via video link, Rachel Woods, defending, said: “I suggest you went with him of your own accord.
“He did not drag you into the house where you claim you were raped and he did not handcuff you and tie you up on the bed against your will.
“You did not have any injuries to either of your wrists.”