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Commonwealth Games swimmer ‘raped a young woman’

Commonwealth Games swimmer Otto Putland (pictured) denies raping a woman in Cardiff

A Commonwealth Games swimmer raped a woman after she had just had sex with a swimmer from the Team GB Olympic team, a court heard.

Top athlete Otto Putland, 23, is accused of jumping into bed after the woman had consensual sex with Ieuan Lloyd.

The woman had gone back to Mr Lloyd’s home with the two-time Olympian who competed at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

But a court heard how Mr Lloyd’s friend Putland then went into the same bedroom to have sex with the woman at a house in Cardiff, Wales. 

She refused and told Putland she wouldn’t be ‘passed around’ but he is accused of stripping naked before putting on a condom and raping her twice.

The woman told police that after having sex with Mr Lloyd, Putland came into the bedroom and sat on the bed.

She said: ‘He lay on the bed, took his clothes off and started kissing me. I felt uncomfortable.

‘I said: ‘What are you doing? You can’t pass me around’.’

Putland allegedly told the woman: ‘You’re not being passed around,’ and the woman told him she did not want to have sex with him.

The court heard she then texted a friend saying: ‘Help, I think something might happen.’

Putland then allegedly stripped naked while the woman covered herself up with her hands and started crying.

But Putland allegedly put on a condom and told the woman: ‘It’s okay, we don’t have to have sex, we can just kiss’.

The woman told police Putland tried to kiss her twice and then began raping her.

She said that the sex went on for two to three minutes before the woman left to go to the bathroom.

Cardiff Crown Court heard she later fell asleep but woke to find Putland raping her again, but she was able to push him off and leave the house.

Commonwealth Games star Otto Putland denies rape

Putland is accused of raping a woman in Cardiff

Commonwealth Games swimmer Otto Putland, 23, (pictured) is accused of jumping into bed with a woman

Putland, who represented Wales in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, was arrested in November 2016, 16 months after the alleged incident.

He denies two counts of rape and says the sex was consensual.

Putland told the jury the woman had consensual sex with him after being ‘flirtatious’ with him when they met in a nightclub.

He said: ‘Ieuan introduced us and there was general chit-chat but I can’t remember the details of what was said. She was talking to me normally.

‘Ieuan left the room and I moved up to the headboard side of the bed, I was slouching on the bed next to her and I think she was doing the same.

‘When we were talking, she was very happy and flirtatious towards me and that’s what led on to me kissing her. I moved in to kiss her and might have put my arms around her. She kissed me back.

‘We were kissing for a number of minutes and there was touchy-feely stuff.’

Putland told the jury sex between them lasted ‘less than a minute’ before he told the woman ‘it wasn’t working’ and lying on his side.

He said the woman told him: ‘I feel like I have been passed around’ and was upset.

‘She was more frustrated but then became upset afterwards. I think I said: ‘Oh dear, I think you should leave’.

Cardiff Crown Court (pictured) heard the woman later fell asleep but woke to find Putland raping her again

Cardiff Crown Court (pictured) heard the woman later fell asleep but woke to find Putland raping her again

‘I was initially concerned because she was upset but she wasn’t that upset.

‘When she left she didn’t say anything. I didn’t know her so I don’t know how I would have gone about contacting her.’

Tim Evans, defending, told Putland: ‘What is alleged is that at the time you had sex with her you knew she was not consenting to have sex.’

Putland answered: ‘That’s not true.’

Mr Evans said: ‘Would you have had sex with her if she had clearly not consented?’ 

Putland said: ‘No.’

But Janet McDonald, prosecuting, told him: ‘You had no concern or respect for her and you took what you wanted from her.’

Putland answered: ‘Not true.’

Putland, of Dinedor, Hereford, denies two counts of rape. The trial at Cardiff Crown Court continues. 

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