Leyland rape victim relives terrifying attacks

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A man is facing a lengthy jail term after being convicted of raping a woman in Leyland.

James Stuart Hunter, 43, denied two counts of rape, making a threat to kill and intimidation at Preston Crown Court.

But the jury unanimously found he was guilty of all four offences following a trial.

The woman - who can not be identified for legal reasons - came forward after she was attacked twice by Hunter over a weekend in 2012.

She told the jury she had turned down Hunter’s sexual advances but he would not take no for an answer.

Giving evidence by videolink, she said: “I just gave in eventually.

“He was just saying ‘come on, like it was something I should do. I could have said get off me, leave me alone but I gave in. It was easier to give in.”

“If I’d carried on and fought and fought to get out of it anything could have happened.”

Hunter pinned the woman down on a sofa and had sex with her against her will.

She said: “I was numb at the time. I was scared of the whole scenario but I was numb to it, because you have to become numb.”

Hunter, of Longacre, Bamber Bridge, claimed the woman had been drinking and had consented to having sex with him.

But the woman said: “He just wanted to have sex. I could have been a piece of meat.”

After the woman had reported her ordeal to the police, Hunter sent her a series of abusive text messages intending to intimidate her. In one he threatened to kill her.

Hunter has been remanded in custody and will return to court on March 9 to be sentenced.