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Accused denies rape and says sex was consensual

Published date: 09 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE man accused of raping a 44-year-old woman as she jogged with her dog in a stretch of Chester woodland said it was no more than a chance sexual encounter.

Lache man Peter Watton, 37, is accused of raping the woman and holding her captive for nine hours in woodland around the Handbridge area on June 14 last year.

Watton, who denies all charges, was giving evidence at his trial at Chester Crown Court yesterday and said claims he raped the woman were “simply not true”.

He claimed he came across the woman while he, a keen fisherman, had been returning through the Duke’s Drive woodland, near LA Fitness gym, off Wrexham Road, after heading down to the River Dee to check its levels ahead of a day of fishing the following day.

“I stopped for a cigarette and noticed this woman running towards me with her dog,” said Watton.

“We started chatting and something got said about it all being ‘crappy’. I said my ex-wife wanted to get back with me and that she had cheated on me and then she started talking about being miserable in her relationship.

“She started crying and I didn’t know what to do. I tried to console her and she started sniffling.

“She looked up and our eyes met and we kissed. She kissed me and I kissed her back.

“She said ‘come on’, led me by the hand and took me into the woodland and we started kissing again, took our clothes off and had sex. It was consensual.”

Giving evidence earlier in the trial, the woman had said that during her alleged ordeal,she had buried the keys to her car, which was parked at the LA Fitness gym, for fear of him stealing it or taking her belongings.

Watton rejected these claims, saying: “She started burying her keys for some reason. I think she said it was because that if she left them out, then the dog would have run off with them or something like that.

“We were giggling to each other when we heard some people nearby. That’s when we decided to move to the second spot. The hidey hole.

“I left my bike where it was. I did that so that she would know where to find her keys when we came back. We were holding hands as we walked there and just got talking again.”

It is alleged that Watton forced the woman into performing further sexual acts on him at the ‘hidey hole’, which was adjacent to a field and off the beaten track of Duke’s Drive.

“She performed a sexual act on me, consensually while we were in the second scene and the we left there,” said Watton.

“From start to finish, the whole thing must have only been about two hours. She was panicking about her car keys so I said I would go and help her find them.

“I couldn’t find my bike and the light was fading. I told her I had to go home and couldn’t help her anymore. She said fine and walked off in a huff and I said ‘ta ra’, and that was it, boom, gone.”

Watton told of what happened during the five days he had evaded police capture, claiming that, after his encounter with the woman, he went off “for a walk”.

“I came back at about midnight to 1am and saw a load of police outside the house so I panicked,” he said.

“I was on licence from prison and didn’t want to go back. I took off and ended up getting to Saltney. I stayed there for a while and had something to eat from the chippy. I bought some beer and vodka from the off licence.

“After a couple of days I came back home and had a shower at my mum’s. She told me that I should turn myself in. I said I couldn’t.

“I left and ended up at a near a disused campsite, where they had old rucksacks and sleeping bags. I stayed there for a while and took a couple of the sleeping bags.”

Watton was arrested in Lavister, near Rossett, on June 20 thanks to an eagle-eyed off duty special constable who had spotted him through the window of his stopped train. A police chase ensued and Watton was found to have been residing under a bridge.

He will be cross examined by prosecution barrister Owen Edwards today.

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