Lee Fraser

A Royal Marine is accused of raping a weeping woman after violently trying to strangle her in his flat, a court heard.

Lee Fraser is said to have pushed his alleged victim onto his bed after an argument and put his hand around her throat.

The woman told police she repeatedly said 'no', but 'gave up' fighting back and cried 'silently to herself'.

The 34-year-old, originally from Plymouth, claims that sex was consensual and denies rape and assault.

Mary McCarthy, prosecuting, told Plymouth Crown Court it was too late for the woman to go home after their fight and she had agreed to stay at Mr Fraser's flat.

She said:

"In the bedroom he pushed her on to the bed in temper and put his hand around her throat in a manner she was later to describe as strangling her. He used his other hand to grab the flesh of her stomach to such an extent that he caused bruising."

The court heard that the woman told her housemates what had happened but did not go to the police until months later.

Miss McCarthy said she went to hospital where case notes said she suffered "fingerprint marks to her abdomen, literally in a hand shape."

The woman told police in a video interview seen by the jury that Fraser was "strangling" her and grabbing her stomach at the same time.

In the video she said: "I was just in shock, I guess. The next thing I know he is trying to get on top of me. I said no quite a lot of times. I had my arm on his chest. I tried to push him off. In the end I just gave in."

Fraser denies rape between June 4 and June 8, 2015 and assault causing actual bodily harm.

The trial continues.

Photo courtesy of SWNS.