Rape suspect tells court ‘she did not say stop’

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A SECURITY officer accused of raping a teenager in her bedroom told a court he didn’t attack her, saying to jurors: “She did not say stop.”

Nathan Forbes, aged 26, of Mather Walk, Littledale, Sheffield, allegedly raped the 19-year-old college student at her flat in Darnall.

The prosecution say Forbes dragged the woman on to her bed and held a pillow over her mouth and nose while she begged him to stop.

But Forbes told Sheffield Crown Court the pair had consensual sex after he went into her flat while looking for a missing bag of cannabis.

“If she hadn’t wanted to go any further she would have said. She didn’t say ‘I don’t want you to do this, get off me’. She did not say stop.”

Forbes slept at her flat after the alleged incident in November last year and said relations between them were ‘alright’ when they parted .

“We were still friends. We gave each other a hug and I walked down the road,” he said.

Forbes said he first met the 19-year-old in October while working as a security officer at the Spar supermarket on Division Street, Sheffield.

Forbes told the court he took cannabis round to her flat and they smoked some together with her friend.

Later her friend left, and he prepared to leave as well, but couldn’t find the £200 bag of drugs. He said he got agitated and pushed the woman and she then went into her bedroom and produced the cannabis from the side of her bed.

“I started apologising. She said I could stay. I leaned in to kiss her, she responded and it happened from there.” He denies rape and attempted rape.

The trial continues.