'Man locked girl in a shed to rape her'
A 21-YEAR-OLD man locked a teenager in his garden shed and
repeatedly raped her while high on drink and drugs, a court
The 18-year-old girl, who was 17 at the time, said
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unemployed Steven Cooper subjected her to a terrifying
three-hour ordeal before making her urinate in a bottle.
Bristol Crown Court heard the pair had been smoking cannabis
and drinking alcohol at her 16-year-old boyfriend's house in
Queen's Road, Tewkesbury, on October 2 last year.
Cooper invited her into a brick garden shed he was living in
at his parents' garden in Warwick Place, Tewkesbury, to keep
warm, the court heard.
He is then alleged to have bolted the door before pinning
her down and raping her four times.
Speaking by video link the girl, who cannot be named for
legal reasons, broke down in tears as she described the alleged
In an interview with police she said: “He pinned me down and
he started to do stuff to me. I asked him to stop and told him
I had a boyfriend.
“I got hold of his neck and tried to push him off but he
wouldn't get off and then he started hitting me and kept going
for three-and-a-half hours.
“I tried to get out and go to the toilet but he had locked
the door and he forced me to go to the toilet in a bottle.
“I feel scared and tearful and I hate the way that I can't
believe he did it to me. I wish I had screamed louder.''
The court heard two 15-year-olds, one of them her boyfriend
and a 16-year-old, banged on the door as the girl cried “get
off me'' and “somebody help me'' but they left because it was
The court was shown pictures showing 17 bruises covering the
Cooper, wearing a crumpled blue shirt, admitted having sex
with the girl but denies rape.
Crown Prosecutor Ian Dixey said: “She was something of a
vulnerable girl. She was 17 at the time.
“During the evening when the claimant's boyfriend came back
he obviously wanted to know what was going on and he was able
to hear her cries.
“He went back three times and although he knocked on the
door he was never allowed in.
“On one occasion he went back with his friend and heard the
defendant asking for help and then heard the defendant telling
her to shut up.''
Dr Caroline Gazet, who examined the claimant, told the court
her injuries were consistent with rape.
Cooper, who denies one count of rape, has been on bail since
being charged with a 10pm to 7am curfew and is prohibited from
contacting the alleged victim.