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Jury to consider if man is serial rapist; Accused is said to have attacked six different women.

THE jury in the case of an SAS-obsessed man accused of raping and attacking several women will today retire to consider its verdict.

Former bouncer and maintenance man Tyrone Clarke, right, denies 27 charges involving six different women, including rape, false imprisonment, causing actual bodily harm and kidnapping.

The 36-year-old has been on trial at Cardiff Crown Court since August.

Summing up yesterday, Recorder of Cardiff Nicholas Cooke QC told the jury members their service had been essential, and they should not rush to make their decisions.

He told them: "Take all the time you want. This has been a very serious and lengthy case. Do not feel under any pressure."

And he said while they had seen many witnesses - including experts - the verdict was their responsibility alone.

"You must remember that this is not trial by expert, it is trial by jury," he told them.

"Having given careful consideration to an expert's evidence, you do not have to agree with it."

He added: "You may want to think long and hard about rejecting it, but the facts remain entirely for you."

Judge Cooke reminded the jury of the allegations against one-time army cadet Clarke - and his denials.

Summarising Clarke's evidence to the claims of one of his alleged victims, Judge Cooke said: "He said she has made the whole thing up. The incident did not happen. It's all made up and there is no shred of truth in it."

During the seven-week-long trial, the court heard how Clarke allegedly befriended women before trying to manipulate them.

Jurors were told that two victims suffered perforated eardrums, while others faced humiliating and degrading sexual demands.

"It was sex on order, sexual domination, rough sex for his pleasure," prosecutor Gregg Taylor said.

"One said she felt like a trained dog. Rape is not always committed by a hooded man jumping out of bushes. Clarke is a serial rapist.

"Some women felt they couldn't get away from him even when they wanted to. He said he had been in the marines and the SAS and had been out on special missions. He said he had weapons and knew how to hurt people and make them disappear."

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Date:Oct 7, 2010
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