A WOMAN has told a courtroom she was reportedly ‘held against her will’ before being assaulted and raped.

Speaking to a jury at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday (October 18), the woman said she was allegedly raped in a bedroom by Kenneth Romney on April 16 this year.

Romney, 52, has denied the offence along with six others. He is standing trial charged with rape, sexual assault, intentional strangulation, two counts of assault, and two counts of criminal damage.

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The offences are alleged to have occurred on two separate days, April 16 and April 24, and to two different women, both of whom cannot be named for legal reasons.

On April 16, Romney reportedly raped, assaulted and damaged the phone of one of the alleged victims who told the jury was ‘held against her will’ in Romney’s mother's house.

The court heard that Romney allegedly hit the woman in the face ‘several times’, causing bruising, before biting and raping her.

She was taken to Wexham Park Hospital a day later where she received a CT scan and was later discharged with painkillers.

The incident was later reported to police and Romney, of Myrtle Crescent, Slough, was arrested.

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During cross-examination, Romney’s barrister indicated that the pair had had consensual sex and that the woman was ‘already naked’ in the bedroom before the alleged incident occurred.

The woman said: “No I didn’t [have consensual sex]. I don’t know [how he took my clothes off] but I was wearing clothes.

“[I was wearing] leopard print flares, a vest top, and a bra.”

Romney’s barrister asked how Romney could have taken her clothes off if was ‘astride her’ but the woman said she didn’t know.

Continuing with cross-examination, Romney’s barrister said: “He never forced you to stay in that bedroom, did he?”

In response, the woman said: “Yes, he did. He bit me. He said, ‘You ain’t going anywhere’.” [sic]

When asked why the woman didn’t report the alleged bite mark to the police, she said it had disappeared within a few days.

The barrister asked why it wasn’t reported to the hospital for a tetanus shot but the woman said it was an ‘indent’ and hadn’t pierced the skin.

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Romney’s defence barrister then asked the woman if she was being ‘held against her will’ why she didn’t message her father or a message a friend for help.

The woman said: “I didn’t think he [Romney] was going to do anything. I didn’t have many [friends].”

The trial continues.