Leeds man raped woman he met on couchsurfing.com, court hears

A Leeds man raped and threatened to kill a woman in his flat after meeting her on website couchsurfing.com, a jury heard.

Leeds Crown Court heard Abdelali Nachet of Moortown subjected the woman to a degrading, humiliating and prolonged sex ordeal.

Moroccan national Nachet had an entry on the legitimate and trusted website where he offered his flat as a free place to sleep for visitors to Leeds.

Nachet, of Cranmer Bank, told site users he like to meet new people and offer hospitality.

Prosecutor, Simon Phillips, said a 29-year-old woman from Hong Kong travelling in Europe got in touch with Nachet.

The jury heard she had stayed at strangers homes, including with single men, in the UK and other European countries without incident after meeting on couchsurfing.com.

She wanted to visit Leeds and e mailed Nachet after spotting his entry on the website.

After exchanging e-mails the woman travelled from the West Midlands to Leeds on March 5 and met Nachet before going back to his flat with him.

Prosecutors claim once there Nachet raped her twice and sexually assaulted her in an ordeal that lasted throughout the night.

Mr Phillips said Nachet started making sexual advances after putting some music on and asked the woman to dance.

The jury heard she told Nachet she wasn't interested in having sex and wanted to go to bed to sleep.

During her ordeal Mr Philips said the woman tried to escape but tripped up in the hall and Nachet told her: "If you try to run away I will kill you and after that I will kill myself."

He went on: "She was in fear for her life. She submitted, she never consented. He was aware of this but was persistent. He went on and on for a long time."

It is claimed Nachet made the woman have a bath after the alleged rapes to get rid of incriminating forensic evidence.

Mr Phillips said the morning after Nachet did some vacuuming before leaving the flat with the woman.

She got on a bus back to the West Midlands and alerted police after telling a male friend she had met on couchsurfing.com what had happened.

The jury heard the night after the alleged rape two woman and a man Nachet had met on the same website had travelled to Leeds to stay at his flat.

Mr Philips said Nachet started dancing with one of the women and tried to touch her breasts.

Nachet denies two counts of rape and one of sex assault.