Dog walker, 16, raped by ‘growling’ man

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A TERRIFIED teenager was sexually assaulted and raped by a ‘growling’ man who attacked her in a South Yorkshire field as she walked her dog, a court heard.

The girl, aged 16 at the time of the attack on May 13 2010, was so traumatised it took her a year to tell police.

Kevin Wood, of Ward Street, Penistone, who suffers from learning disabilities and is on the autistic spectrum, denies rape and sexual assault.

Sophie Drake, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday, said the ‘lively, bubbly’ teenager was walking her dog in Hoylandswaine at 5.30pm, when she was attacked by a ‘slightly’ built man in oversized clothes who made ‘growling’ noises.

Miss Drake said: “The Crown say the man who attacked and raped her was Kevin Wood.”

She said the rape happened a week before the girl took her GCSEs and she did not tell anyone about it for five months.

She said the teen was so worried about falling pregnant that she went to a chemist the next day and took an emergency contraceptive pill.

The girl, now 18, eventually confided in a counsellor and later contacted police.

Miss Drake said: “She thought she could pretend it hadn’t happened. She was embarrassed about having to talk about intimate things and being medically examined.”

“She tried to get on with her life.”

Five months later, she realised she had not been coping and sought counselling.

Witness Joanne Thompson told the jury she had seen a hunched man with his head down and a ‘distinctive’ way of walking in the village the day before the attack.

She said he was slightly built and wearing clothes that were too big for him.

She told the jury that she saw him again the next day, about 15 minutes before the attack took place.

Fellow witness Christine Elliott said she too had seen an ‘unkempt’ man carrying himself in a distinctive way. Both picked 34-year-old Wood out in an identification procedure.

Wood declined to give evidence in his defence, but Robert Storey, his stepfather, said that at the time Wood weighed 15 stone and always wore a baseball cap.

He said he thought, but could not be 100 per cent sure, Wood was at home at the time of the attack.

The jury will retire today to consider its verdict.