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Woman 'raped in padlocked home'
A 27-year-old woman has told a court she was drugged and raped by a man in his padlocked home.

The woman, who cannot be named, gave evidence in the trial of Geoffrey Holyoake at Bristol Crown Court.

Mr Holyoake, from Frome, Somerset, is accused of drugging three women before sexually assaulting them. The 53-year-old denies 16 charges against him.

The alleged victim told the court she had known Mr Hollyoake for about six months and he provided her with drugs.

On the day of the alleged offences, in late 2002, the woman accompanied Mr Holyoake to his house for drugs, she told the jury.

Offered tablets

The woman accepted a can of lager and smoked some cannabis.

She said she could not sit up properly and was offered what Mr Holyoake described as multivitamin tablets. But she did not take one.

The woman said her next recollection was of him standing close by performing a sexual act.

She then woke at 0400 BST, found her clothes and got dressed.

"None of it happened with my consent," the victim told the court.

"I don't think I was able to consent even if I had wanted to."

Mr Holyoake denies three counts of false imprisonment, three counts of administering a noxious substance, five counts of indecent assault, one count of rape and two counts of attempted rape against three different women between June 2002 and July 2003.

He also denies two counts of possession with intent to supply cannabis and amphetamines.

The trial continues.




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