Man accused of raping two women in separate attacks in Leeds

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A man has gone on trial accused of raping two woman in separate incidents in Leeds.

A jury heard how one of the victims is alleged to have awoke in her flat to find Michael Cardy on top of her while carrying out the sex attack.

In a second alleged incident, Cardy is accused of pinning a young woman to the ground and raping her as he had his hand across her mouth to stop her from screaming.

Cardy, 24, of Allerton Grange Croft, Roundhay, is on trial at Leeds Crown Court where he pleads not guilty to two charges of rape and one of assault by penetration.

Richard Woolfall, prosecuting, told the court how a woman aged in her forties awoke to find Cardy on top of her in the bedroom of her home in the Hunslet area of Leeds on August 15 last year. The woman had gone to bed the previous night and locked herself inside the property but had left windows open due to the warm weather. Mr Woolfall said the woman kicked and lashed out at Cardy. He left the flat after the alleged attack and the woman reported the incident to the police.

Cardy was arrested and claimed that the sex between them was consensual. Cardy claimed he had knocked on her door and she had answered wearing only thong and invited him inside.

Cardy was released on bail but was arrested again after the second alleged incident, 36 days later on September 20. The prosecutor told the court Cardy attacked the woman in the Lovell Park. He said they had shared a taxi together in the early hours of the morning after a night out in Leeds city centre.

Mr Woolfall said the woman could recall Cardy holding his hand across her mouth during the attack and threatening to kill her if she screamed.

Cardy was arrested after DNA evidence was linked to him. He again claimed that the sexual contact between them was consensual.

Mr Woofall said: “Here we have two women. They have no connection at all. They know nothing of each other.

“Yet here they are giving an account of the defendant taking from them what he wanted.”

He added: “Regardless of the consequences later, it was all about what he wanted in those moments.”

The case continues at Leeds Crown Court today.

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