Rico Palmer rape trial: Court told of park attack on woman
JURORS have been hearing a 29-year-old woman describe how she was taken to a park and raped.
The woman, from Lydney, said she was on a night out with friends in Gloucester when the alleged attack happened.
Gloucester Crown Court was told yesterday that she and her friends had visited a Wetherspoons pub in the city centre, before heading to Fever nightclub in Eastgate Street and The Registry in Bruton Way.
It was at The Registry that she met Rico Palmer, 22, who is accused of raping her, the court was told.
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Palmer, of Charles Street, Gloucester, denies raping the woman. He also denies a separate alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl close to Widden Street Primary School.
The older victim told the jury she met her friends to get ready together before heading out for the evening.
She went on to say that Palmer approached her in The Registry and started talking to her at about 1am on Saturday July 22, last year. She told the court she drank only two small shots of vodka with lemonade.
She said: “I am too shy to dance so I was talking to my friend when Rico came up to me but I don’t remember what we spoke about.
“He asked for my mobile number.”
The victim said she gave her number, thinking that he might text her.
She said: “I think he put my number on this phone.
“He seemed normal and polite.”
She later told the court that she was not attracted to Rico because he was “not her type” and because “he smelled”.
The victim said she later become lost from her friends in the club and Palmer offered to help her find them. The jury saw CCTV footage of the pair leaving The Registry together, with Palmer’s arm around the victim’s shoulder.
She said he took her near to what she believed was a park area, where she was raped.
After the attack she was found by police wandering the streets, lost.
Palmer also stands accused of stealing her phone after the attack.
She said: “I was shocked at what just happened and scared so I just passed my phone when he asked for it.”
On Monday, prosecutor Virginia Cornwall said Palmer met two teenagers from Cheltenham in the Eastgate Shopping Centre, Gloucester, on October 25 that year at around 6pm.
She told the court he offered them cigarettes and bought them cider, before taking them to the school.
She said he then sent one of the girls off on an errand and raped the lone girl who was left behind.
She said: “The girls were talking about sex and he has seen this as green light.”
The trial continues.