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Churchgoer denies rape charge.

Byline: Paul Horton

A WOMAN yesterday told how she was raped by a man she met in church, despite telling him sex before marriage was against her religious beliefs.

Churchgoer Ceirion Dewar, 27, is accused of pinning the woman down and having sex with her after their kissing session ``went too far''.

The woman admitted ``intimate touching'' with Dewar after she invited him into her home, but said he knew she did not want sex.

She told Cardiff Crown Court, ``We were not allowed sexual intercourse.

``It was an understanding we both had because of our faith.

``We were just kissing, and it was getting more passionate. But he started getting more forceful and lay on top of me.

``I was getting scared. I asked him what he was doing, he was lying on top of me, pressing his body against me.

``My hands were above my head - he was using one hand to hold them there.

``With the other hand he took my clothes off.

``He was pinning me down. Then he had sex with me.''

The pair attended the same Christian church - which allowed ``heavy petting'' but banned sex before marriage. Prosecutor Charles Cook said, ``It was acceptable for them to indulge in heavy petting, and very intimate touching - on all parts of the body. That touching was mutual.

``But among their beliefs was that actual sexual intercourse should not take place without marriage.

``When Dewar came round they were kissing and cuddling, ending up with very intimate touching.

``But at the height of this touching Dewar became so carried away he went too far.''

Dewar, of Llandevaud, near Newport, denies rape.

The trial continues.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 30, 2003
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