Victim tells court she thought she was going to die

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A WOMAN allegedly raped as she walked her dog along the Trans Pennine Trail in South Yorkshire told a jury she thought she was going to die.

The 50-year-old woman was giving evidence in the trial of David Brian Thompson, 38, who is accused of attacking her from behind as she walked her labrador near Elsecar Reservoir at around noon on June 24 last year.

In a video interview played to the jury at Sheffield Crown Court, the victim said her ‘desperate’ attacker grabbed her from behind, put his hand over her mouth leaving her unable to breathe and grabbed her.

Then he forced her to the ground and sexually assaulted and raped her.

She said: “I turned around and kneed him in the groin – obviously not hard enough.

“He was not particularly angry at that stage, just desperate.

“He asked me ‘are you going to stop screaming?’ but I couldn’t answer him.

“At that stage I thought I was going to die,” she said.

“He encircled me. I could feel his whole body against me. I didn’t think about anything sexual, I just thought he was going to kill me.”

Sarah Wright, prosecuting, said: “The prosecution say the defendant David Brian Thompson raped and sexually assaulted a 50-year-old woman who was walking her dog along the Trans Pennine Trail near Elsecar Reservoir at Barnsley.

“The defendant does not dispute that a woman was attacked in such a way but he says ‘it was not me’.”

Miss Wright said after the attack Thompson, who was wearing blue shorts and a white T-shirt, ran off.

The jury was played the 999 call made by the victim in which she could be heard sobbing hysterically: “I’ve been raped.”

Thompson of Ash Grove, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, who is married, denies rape and two charges of assault by penetration.

The trial continues.