A MAN went to a woman's home and raped her after meeting just days earlier on an internet dating website, a court heard.

Christopher Schubert denies two counts of rape and two of assault by penetration.

Prosecutors at Oxford Crown Court claim the 44-year-old of Orchard Close, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, first met his victim through match.com.

Charles Ward-Jackson, outlining the case to a jury yesterday, said: "This is a case about a woman who was raped and sexually assaulted in her own home.

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"By a man she had just met on an internet dating site, that man being Schubert."

He told jurors that Schubert first contacted the woman - who cannot be named for legal reasons - via the dating website in January last year.

Mr Ward-Jackson said the initial exchanges were 'flirtatious in tone' and 'what you might think was sexual banter.'

The pair agreed to meet at her Oxfordshire home, jurors were told, and he drove out to see her.

Prosecutors said that while at her house there was 'kissing and cuddling' but that there was no 'explicit plan' for further sexual activity that night.

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Despite this, the court heard, while in her bedroom Schubert performed a sex act on the woman before raping her.

Jurors were told that the ordeal caused 'excruciating' pain for the woman and that the sex was not consensual.

Schubert left in the early hours to go back home and the next morning the alleged victim reported what she claimed happened to her.

A medical examination carried out, prosecutors said, showed 'lacerations and abrasions' which was consistent with 'rough' sex.

During police interview jurors were told that Schubert claimed the sex was 'consensual'.

The trial continues.