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Accused tells Leeds sex attacks trial jury: ‘I am not a rapist’

Crown Court

Crown Court

A MAN on trial accused of carrying out sex attacks on two women in separate incidents told a jury: “I am not a rapist”.

Michael Cardy gave evidence at Leeds Crown Court yesterday where he denied forcing himself on his victims during the incidents which are alleged to have taken place 36 days apart in August and September last year.

The prosecution claims one woman, aged in her 40s, awoke in bed at her home in the Hunslet area of the city to find Cardy on top of her.

It is claimed the second woman was attacked in a park in the early hours of the morning after they caught a taxi to the Lovell Park area at the end of a night out in Leeds city centre. The jury has been told Cardy, 24, pinned the young woman to the ground and held his hand across her mouth to stop her screaming as he carried out the attack.

When asked about the first alleged attack by his barrister, Denise Breen-Lawton, Cardy denied forcing his way into the property as the woman slept.

He claimed he knocked on the door and the woman answered wearing only a thong before inviting him in. Cardy, of Allerton Grange Croft, Roundhay, said sexual contact between them was consensual. He said he then slept in the property and left in the morning.

When asked about the second incident, Cardy told the court the woman had agreed to get into the taxi with him and had willingly gone with him into the park before they had sex.

Ms Breen-Lawton asked: “Did you rape (the second woman)?” He replied: “No. I am not a rapist. I did not rape her.”

The barrister continued: “Did you try to rape (the first woman)?”

Cardy said: “No. I did not rape anyone.” Cardy pleads not guilty to two charges of rape and one of assault by penetration.

The case continues at Leeds Crown Court today.

 
 
 

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