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Hotel chef admits to brutal rape.

Byline: CLAIRE DEVINE

A CHEF facing charges of rape and inflicting grievous bodily harm yesterday dramatically changed his plea to guilty.

Mark Caunce, 21, of Victoria Road, Buckley, pleaded guilty to rape and inflicting grievous bodily harm on a 30-year-old woman, having previously denied the offences at Chester Crown Court.

The attack took place in the Foregate Street area of Chester in the early hours of Sunday, July 26, last year.

Caunce, a trainee chef at The Queen Hotel, City Road, Chester, had originally pleaded not guilty.

The change came in the second week of the trial after the court heard evidence from the victim and some of her friends who were on the night out with her.

The court heard Caunce had a previous conviction for violence but no previous convictions for sexual offences. The physical injuries suffered by the victim were caused after the rape, not as part of the offence.

The court previously heard the woman suffered a three-inch internal tear, a broken nose, a fracture to the eye socket and the cheek bone, multiple bruises to the head and face, bruising around the neck, a blow to the head and cuts inside her mouth as a result of the attack.

David Potter, prosecuting, said she was extremely drunk and by the time she saw Caunce she was incapable of forming reasonable consent to sex.

In evidence the woman, who had spent part of that night with friends in Cruise nightclub in Chester, said: "I don't remember leaving Cruise or anything outside.

"The next thing I remember is waking up in hospital."

The court saw CCTV footage which showed the woman and Caunce entering Parker's Buildings, off Foregate Street, at 1.55am. About 45 minutes later Caunce was seen leaving the scene and went and got a taxi home to Buckley.

Caunce is due to be sentenced on April 1 following the preparation of reports.

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