Man, 23, ac­cused of rape

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A MAN has gone on trial ac­cused of rap­ing a woman and as­sault­ing her three times in the space of three days.

Michael Ce­lensu, 23, is al­leged to have car­ried out the at­tacks in Mac­cles­field.

Mr Ce­lensu, of Mead­scroft Drive, Alder­ley Edge, ad­mit­ted one as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm but de­nies rape and as­sault by beat­ing at Ch­ester Crown Court.

Recorder Steve Rior­dan QC will sit for the trial, which is ex­pected to last about five days.

Pros­e­cu­tor Kim Hal­sall said Mr Ce­lensu threat­ened the com­plainant telling her to per­form a sex act on him.

She said: “He said to her ‘don’t think about turn­ing me down’.

“She per­formed [a sex act] but felt she didn’t have a choice. She said she felt hor­ri­ble af­ter­wards.”

The court heard that the com­plainant later went to the po­lice.


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