Woman ‘spot­ted sex at­tacker 30 years on’

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By HAZEL GROVE

A PEN­SIONER was ar­rested for a dou­ble rape at­tack af­ter a chance meet­ing with his vic­tim 30 years later, a court heard.

Lyn­don Plum­mer ( 67, is ac­cused of forc­ing him­self on the 20-year-old woman twice at an ad­dress in Queen’s Park, west Lon­don, be­tween Jan­uary and Au­gust 1983, ju­rors heard.

The woman, orig­i­nally from south Yorks and now in her 50s, com­plained to po­lice in July 2011 af­ter bump­ing into Plum­mer dur­ing a wake at a pub, South­wark Crown Court heard.

Rel­a­tives no­ticed Plum­mer ‘star­ing’ at the mother-of-two, who can­not be iden­ti­fied for le­gal rea­sons, be­fore ‘tem­pers frayed’, ju­rors heard.

Of the al­leged rape at­tack prose­cu­tor Alis­dair Smith told the court: “The com­plainant was mind­ing her own busi­ness when the de­fen­dant made sex­ual ad­vances.

“She begged him to leave her alone but the pros­e­cu­tion say he just ig­nored that and raped her.”


De­scrib­ing the chance meet­ing at the pub, Mr Smith added: ‘The com­plainant’s daugh­ter be­came aware of a man star­ing at her mother.

“When the woman saw the man, it seems she was vis­i­bly shaken by this.

“It led to an al­le­ga­tion be­ing made against Mr Plum­mer there and then in the pub.

“He was con­fronted and in­evitably, you may think, tem­pers be­came frayed. There was a fight and po­lice were called.

“That led to the com­plainant mak­ing the al­le­ga­tion (or rape) to po­lice.”

Plum­mer was ar­rested in Septem­ber 2011, when he de­nied that he had ever raped the woman.

He said the rape claims had been in­vented to cover up an as­sault on him the pub.

But Mr Smith added: “The pros­e­cu­tion say this would not ex­plain why the fight had taken place in the first place.”

Plum­mer, of west Lon­don, de­nies two counts of rape.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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