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Tweed rape trial told 'victim looked like a ghost'

Jack Tweed arriving at court earlier
Jack Tweed has denied carrying out the attack

A friend of the woman allegedly raped by Jack Tweed, the widower of Jade Goody, has told how she banged on a bedroom door to get her friend out.

Mr Tweed, 22, denies attacking the then 19-year-old woman at his home in Repton Park, Woodford Green, last year, where she had gone with her friends.

Anthony Davis, 26, from Chigwell, Essex, also denies one charge of rape.

The friend told Snaresbrook Crown Court the victim looked "like she had seen a ghost" when she emerged from the room.

She said there was no lock on the door but earlier she had not been able to get into the room because someone was holding the door.

She said: "That's when I realised that there must have been two people in there."

She was just shaking, she looked ill. She just burst into tears before she could say anything
Prosecution witness

Her friend, a 20-year-old council worker, told the jury she went to the bedroom when she noticed her friend was missing and at first she thought she was alright.

But later when she went to get her friend she became anxious.

"She wasn't replying to us. I started banging on the door because I wanted to go home and at that point I was starting to worry about her."

She added that her friend was in a "state" moments after the alleged attack.

"She had no expression, no emotion or anything. She just wouldn't talk."

She told the prosecution counsel Linda Strudwick that she had never seen her friend like that before.

"She was just shaking, she looked ill. She just burst into tears before she could say anything."

She added that Mr Davis threatened the victim, saying that he would slap her across the face if she did not return to the bedroom.

But the four young women left the house immediately.

Earlier a doctor from a sexual assault referral centre said the victim's lack of injuries was consistent with her account of being raped by someone without struggling and without overt force.

The case continues.



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