ACCUSED of raping a teenager he had met through his partner, a Rugby man insisted sex had been consensual “one million per cent.”
Raymond Dickens also told a jury at Warwick Crown Court he was not aware the teenager had been involved in prostitution – and denied it was something he had forced her into.
Dickens, 53, of Langdale Close, Rugby, denies two charges or rape, as well as indecent assaults on three young women, procuring a woman to become a prostitute and false imprisonment.
With him in the dock is Peter Jones, 55, of Wheelwright Lane, Coventry, but previously from Rugby, who has pleaded not guilty to raping three women in the late 1990s.
Jones has also denied sexual assault, kidnapping, having an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence, false imprisonment, administering drugs to have intercourse, causing or inciting prostitution, and assault.
And Helen Thompson, 43, of Morris Close, Rugby, has pleaded not guilty to taking part with Jones in the kidnapping of a teenager 20 years ago.
Six of the charges faced by Dickens relate to a woman who he ‘took control of’ in the mid-90s, prosecutor Michael Shaw has alleged.
He had tried to get her to work as a prostitute, it was claimed.
Dickens was also said to have forced her to perform a sex act on him and to have raped her in his car.
But giving evidence, Dickens said he first met her after she and another teenager went to the home of his partner at the time.
Asked by his barrister Sheryl Nwosu how things developed between them, he said: “It developed over a period of three to four months, it got sexual. The time came when it just felt right, and we had sex. I think it was in my car.”
Miss Nwosu asked whether it had been consensual, to which Dickens replied: “Absolutely, one million per cent.”
Miss Nwosu said the woman had told the court he had pulled up in his car and told her to get in, then drove to a country lane where he had forced her to perform a sex act on him.
“Is that an instance you recall?” Dickens replied: “No.”
The woman also said that on that alleged occasion he had had sex with her, but asked whether he recalled that, he again replied: “No.”
Of another occasion when he accepted they did have sex, he was asked whether it was consensual, and replied: “Absolutely. Every single occasion was consensual.”
Miss Nwosu asked: “Did you know whether she at any stage had been involved in prostitution?” He replied: “Not as far as I was aware.”
He was then asked: “Is that something you had forced her into?” Dickens answered forcefully: “Absolutely not.”
Of another complainant, who said she had been forced to perform a sex act on him in his car, he said he came to learn she was buying heroin from his partner, although he had not realised at the time, and things developed between them over a period of nine to ten months.
Dickens said that after he and his partner separated, the 17-year-old visited him after he had moved to Deepmore Road, and he had woken to find her ‘on top of me.’
That woman told the court she had been selling drugs for Dickens’ ex-partner, and had then begun selling them for Dickens, which he said ‘didn’t happen.’
Asked whether there had been an occasion in a car when he had ‘coerced her, forced her’ to perform a sex act, he responded: “Categorically not.” The trial continues.