A man raped a sleeping woman and sexually assaulted another after a party, a court heard.

Sheldon Tapfumaneyi, 24, of Champion Way, Oxford, is accused of targeting both women after a party in Basildon and is also accused of raping a woman in Manchester.

Tapfumaneyi is standing trial at Basildon Crown Court charged with two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

He denies both charges.

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The jury heard the first alleged rape happened in Manchester in March 2019.

The second alleged rape and the sexual assault happened in August 2020 in Basildon.

Stephen Rose, prosecuting, said: “One of the women at the party said there was a stage where the defendant went over and sat next to her, and they were strangers and had not met before.

“She woke up and was feeling pressure on her private parts and her trousers were down and she felt him having sex with her.

“She reacted and swore at him and quickly got up and wrapped a blanket around herself.

“Another woman told police she was there and went to bed and remembers being disturbed by the other woman there.

“She also describes a stage where she woke up and felt someone trying to pull her trousers down.

“She saw the defendant was in bed with her and he was topless and was pulling his trousers up.

“The two women discussed what had happened to them and what he did to them.”

Mr Rose added: “The victim woke up and he was in bed with her and was having sex with her.

“She reacted quickly and swore at him and said she felt scared and got out of bed.

“We say that he was having sex with her while she was asleep, and you may think heavily intoxicated.

“He says the sex was consensual and was doing things and signalling which showed it was consensual.”

Tapfumaneyi denies the charges. The trial continues.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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