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Student accused of raping sleeping woman messaged to say 'sorry if it's true'

A Cardiff University student accused of raping a woman as she slept later messaged her to say ‘sorry if it’s true’, a court heard.

Nicholas Beanland, 24, from Hampshire, is accused of climbing on top of the sleeping woman as he stayed in her room after a night out.

He has denied rape and assault by penetration, saying the messages he sent after the alleged incident were ‘sarcastic’.

The alleged victim said she was fully clothed when she went to bed, but woke up in pain, feeling Beanland ‘inside her’.

Prosecutor Roger Griffiths said:She didn’t understand what was happening to her and her reaction was to freeze.

‘She was lying on her back and Mr Beanland was on top of her. She opened her eyes and could see him having sex with her.

‘She tried to get him off and pushed his shoulders, saying “What are you doing? Stop” but he didn’t react or respond.

‘She described him as being like a different person and nothing was getting through to him.’

The woman claims she told Beanland to leave the next morning, asking him: ‘Why did you do it?’

He allegedly sent her a Facebook message the next day saying ‘if her accusations were true’, he was ‘ashamed’ of himself.

He wrote: ‘Hey, I know you’ll probably ignore this and I am not expecting a response.

‘I have to apologise for Wednesday, and it’s not an excuse, but I had no idea what was going on but it doesn’t make it right and you’re correct, it’s gross.

‘If it’s true, and I believe you, I am ashamed of myself. I want to thank you, you probably hate my guts and I don’t blame you.’

She messaged Beanland saying: ‘Don’t stick your penis in someone when they’re sleeping’. Another message she sent read: ‘It’s f** rape.’

Police arrested Beanland after the woman made a formal complaint.

The French and English student denied rape and assault by penetration in court.

David Elias QC, defending, asked him: ‘Had there been any sexual contact between the two of you at all?’

Beanland responded: ‘Not at all, no.’

The trial continues.

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