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Jury hears William Roache rape claim

A jury heard today a claim that Wilmslow actor William Roache pushed a woman on to a bed and raped her twice in a “cold and calculated” manner.

The woman, now 62,alleged the rapes took place in the actor’s two homes in Haslingden, Lancashire.

Mr Roache, 81,denies two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967 and five counts of indecent assault involving four girls.

The jury at Preston Crown Court was shown a video of the alleged rape victim’s police interview from March 2013.

In it she told police the actor took her into a bedroom of a bungalow. She was 15 years old.

She said: “I was shocked. There was no warning… I didn’t know what to do.

“I can just remember thinking ‘God, I just want to get out of here. I didn’t know what to make of it, I was just so scared’.”

The woman said: “I thought it must be my fault. I didn’t know why it had happened. I’d gone round there in all innocence.”

She also alleged a second rape a few months after the first, this time at a different house owned by the Coronation Street star.

Proceeding.

Posted 12:52 PM Thursday January 16, 2014. Filed under News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response to this entry. Pinging is currently not allowed.

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