Court hears woman's rape claim

A YOUNG mother was raped by a jealous former boyfriend who pushed his way into her home saying: Where is he? a jury heard today (Tuesday). The alleged victim said Michael Alberrici searched her home in Sandy demanding to know where her new boyfriend

A YOUNG mother was raped by a jealous former boyfriend who pushed his way into her home saying: "Where is he?" a jury heard today (Tuesday).

The alleged victim said Michael Alberrici searched her home in Sandy demanding to know where her new boyfriend was.

He then raped her and gave her "love bites" on her breasts to mark her as his territory, Luton Crown Court was told.

Giving evidence, the woman said when she opened the door at ten o'clock at night the 38-year-old window cleaner pushed his way in.

She said: "He was shouting at me, 'Where is he?' I didn't know what he was on about.

"He always accused me of seeing somebody - he was jealous. He started searching my house."

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She said Alberrici returned to her in the kitchen and tried to undo her dressing gown and put his hand inside her knickers. "I told him to get off me. I think I swore at him. He was trying to kiss me. He tried to bite my neck," she said.

She alleged she was pushed into her front room, saying she was scared but did not want to scream because she would wake her young daughter.

She told the jury of six men and six women he then raped her.

Prosecutor Philip Misner said that Alberrici used his full weight on top of the woman on the living floor and that she was left her with imprinted marks from a rug on her back.

Albericci slept on the sofa that night, the court heard. He left in the morning and the police were called after the woman told a friend.

Albericci, of Cadwell Court, Cadwell Lane, Hitchin denies raping the woman in July last year. He said what happened was consensual.

But Mr Misner said: "The Crown say this was rape. He was marking his territory with the love bites to her chest and the bruising to the back.

"He showed contempt, scorn and disdain for the woman."

Case proceeding

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