Cathays rape accused tells court the victim ‘seemed to be enjoying it’
He says she was smiling and laughing
The trial against a man accused of allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman has continued today in Newport Crown Court.
Remus Hamza, 40, told the court yesterday that the victim was “smiling and laughing”, despite being “heavily intoxicated”, before leading her into a bush behind the National Museum of Cardiff and having sex with her. However, the alleged rape was interrupted after witness Lee Neale took a picture of Hamza on top of the woman on his phone.
Giving evidence at the trial, Hamza has admitted having sexual intercourse with the girl, but denies rape, claiming that the sex between himself and woman was consensual.
It was also heard in yesterday’s trail that in February 2014, Hamza was caught performing a sex act by three woman near to the museum, the same location where the alleged Freshers’ week rape occurred.
When asked about his movements on the night of September 20th, Hamza said that after finishing work at 12am he left his house for a walk. He bought three cans of beer from a shop near the Castle and walked towards the subway leading to the museum. As he was walking down Museum Avenue, he saw a girl who was apparently smiling and looking at him.
Hamza said: “I thought she was smiling at me because she liked me. Then I just grabbed her backside. She just smiled back at me and laughed and I told her “come here”. She came with me without having to force her in any way. I kissed her and grabbed her backside again and she took her knickers off.”
Hamza told the court that the encounter lasted approximately 20 minutes until the flash of Mr Neale’s camera allegedly interrupted the scene.
Prosecutor Claire Pickthall asked: “What was it Mr Hamza that made you think [the woman] would consent to sex with you that night?” Hamza said if she didn’t want to have sex with him she would have said no.
Ms Pickthall added: “You were looking for a drunk female to have sex with weren’t you?” Hamza denied this and later claimed that the woman was smiling during sexual intercourse and “seemed to be enjoying it”
Miss Pickthall added: “You walked to the area of Museum Avenue because you were waiting for someone to rape. You were waiting there like you were waiting in February 2014 for ladies walking that route. Standing waiting for woman to commit sexual offences.”
The 40-year-old denies stalking anyone, and has also said that he has never raped anyone.
The trial continues.