...or could you?
man forced a Bristol woman to have sex with him in her flat, a court heard.
Basil Ferguson turned up at the woman's home and said he needed to dry his wet clothes, Bristol Crown Court was told yesterday. Though she insisted she didn't want to speak with him, she told a jury he forced himself on her.
Ferguson, aged 43, of no fixed address, denies raping the woman in August last year.
The complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she had known Ferguson in the past and he'd been violent towards her.
The woman said that on a day in August last year, she had spent the day with friends at her flat. Ferguson telephoned and said he wanted to come round to see her.
She told the jury she told him she did not wish to see him but he phoned her again and told her he was on his way round.
The woman said she was so concerned about Ferguson visiting, she had sent her boyfriend away because she was frightened there might be a fight.
She told how Ferguson arrived and was let into the flat by one of her friends.
She said: "He went straight into the bedroom and I followed him there. He had a bag of videos.
"It had been raining and he was soaking wet and agitated."
The woman said she begged Ferguson to leave but he ignored her.
She said Ferguson took his clothes off, climbed into her bed and began watching a movie.
She told the court: "I was getting tired. I thought, if I go to bed and go to sleep, he'll go. I got into bed in my nightshirt and I turned my back on him. I was hoping to go to sleep."
It was then, she said, that Ferguson pinned her down and had sex without her consent.
Now without wishing to trivialise rape, I can't work out what this smells more of - rat or fish.