Sheffield student ‘raped’ after night out

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A university student has spoken of the moment she ‘froze’ when she was pinned down and raped by a man who followed her home after a night out in Sheffield city centre.

The 21-year-old woman alleges she was attacked last summer at her home in the south west of the city by 20-year-old Kyle Brookes.

Brookes, of Bankwood Road, Gleadless Valley, is on trial at Sheffield Crown Court and denies raping the woman, sexual assault and theft of her mobile telephone.
Giving evidence by video link, the student said she had been socialising with friends at Crystal Bar and the Viper Room on Carver Street and decided to walk home alone at around 3am.

She said she was near to the O2 Academy on Arundel Gate when her attacker chased her down the street and began talking to her.

The woman said she became upset because she had been drinking and had family issues on her mind.

She said when Brookes tried to comfort her she let him kiss her but felt ‘uncomfortable’ about the embrace.

The student said Brookes pushed her roughly up against a wall and sexually assaulted her. She claims she asked Brookes to ‘get off’ her and told him to leave her alone but he was ‘forceful’ and ‘persistent’ and walked her home.

She said when they arrived he followed up upstairs and attacked her in her bedroom.

She said: “He was really rough with me and I was very scared. I think I just froze at that point.”

The trial continues.