Pensioner from Queen’s Park accused of raping woman 30 years ago
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Alleged victim is claimed to have reported Lyndon Plummer, 67, after bumping into him at a wake
A pensioner from Queen’s Park was arrested for a double rape attack after meeting with his victim 30 years later, a court heard.
Lyndon Plummer, 67, of Bravington Road, is accused of forcing himself on the 20-year-old woman twice at an address in Queen’s Park, between January and August 1983, jurors heard.
Southwark Crown Court was told 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 in the Harrow Road.
Relatives noticed Plummer ‘staring’ at the mother-of-two, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, before ‘tempers frayed’, jurors heard.
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Of the alleged rape attack prosecutor Alisdair Smith told the court: “She begged him to leave her alone but the prosecution say he just ignored that and raped her.’
“It’s perfectly plain, the prosecution say, that the defendant knew she would not have consented.”
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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 did lead to the complainant making the allegation (of 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 denies two counts of rape.
The trial continues.