Young Camborne man denies raping woman in a field while kids played nearby
A CAMBORNE teenager lured a mother to a field with the offer of a job before raping her while her children were nearby, a court has heard.
Bradley Trengove, now 20, of Fawdrys Folly, Brea Addit, appeared at Truro Crown Court on Monday where he went on trial accused of rape and sexual assault.
William Sellick, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was lured to a field near Camborne, which was known to both of them, by Trengove who said he wanted to give her the details of a job he knew about.
She arrived on the cold, dark evening with her children but left them nearby while she went to meet the defendant.
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Mr Sellick said: “The defendant said he would only tell her about the job if she gave him a kiss. She told him not to be silly.”
Mr Sellick said Trengove, who would have been 18 at the time, then pushed the woman to the ground, pulled down her leggings and underwear and said things like ‘you know you want it’.
The court heard that Trengove proceeded to rape her while she told him to stop.
“Then she shouted to him that her children were coming which she thinks caused him to stop and leave,” said Sellick.
The woman did not tell anyone else what had happened but some months later she had another encounter with Trengove.
Giving evidence, she told the jury that she gave Trengove a lift and when she dropped him off in a field near Camborne where he grabbed her and tried to put her hand on his penis but that she managed to get away.
Iain Leadbetter, defending, asked her about the earlier incident.
He said: “You are saying he raped you with the full knowledge that your children were present.”
She said: “Yes.”
Mr Leadbetter asked why she had not called out or screamed for her children if Trengove had attacked her.
She said: “I did not want to scare my children.”
“They would have run towards you, would they not? Far better for your children to be upset than you be raped,” said Mr Leadbetter.
“Any mother would protect their children,” she responded.
Mr Sellick said Trengove was arrested by police but denied the allegations in interview, saying he did contact the woman about a job but that there had been no meeting or sexual intercourse and that the incidents were made up.
“He said she was twisted, that she hoped to gain favour with [her partner] and get him Bradley into trouble,” said Mr Sellick.
Trengove is accused of one count of rape in early 2012 and one of sexual assault in June 2012.
The trial continues.