Man denies raping woman in her bathroom

At the High Court in Livingston, Michael Glynn was accused of rape. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
At the High Court in Livingston, Michael Glynn was accused of rape. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
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A woman has told a jury that guests in her house couldn’t hear her being raped as they were having a karaoke contest.

The mum-of-two has relived the trauma of being raped in her own bathroom while her children slept in the next room.

The 24-year-old told a jury that she was scared to scream more than once in case her kids woke up and sawher being sexually assaulted.

She said she forgot to lock the door when she went to the toilet during a drinking session with neighbours.

She alleged that Michael Glynn, a cousin of a neighbour, walked into her bathroom and attacked her.

A jury at the High Court in Livingston was told that her partner and the other guests in her living room couldn’t hear her scream because they were having a karaoke contest.

She said the loud music from the PS4 game Singstar drowned out her initial shout of pain and her repeated pleas for Glynn to stop.

The woman, who can’t be identified for legal reasons, said the accused didn’t say a word throughout her 15-minute ordeal.

It was only when he heard footsteps approaching in the hall that he stopped and left the bathroom, she said.

She told the jury: “I was throwing up in the toilet. I was a wreck. I was crying.

“I’ve had quite severe lasting effects from the rape. I suffered a nervous breakdown about three months ago.”

Glynn, 23, of North Grange Grove, Prestonpans, East Lothian, denies rape and has lodged a special defence of consent.

He’s alleged to have entered the bathroom of a woman’s home in Musselburgh, East Lothian, and raped her.

He’s also accused of forcing her to perform a sex act on him.

Under cross-examination by defence counsel Mark Jackson, the woman strenuously denied flirting with Glynn before agreeing to sex.

She rejected Mr Jackson’s suggestion that she had put her legs on top of his on the sofa and had a “sexy chat” about threesomes.

She also denied rubbing Glynn’s groin and giving him “a wee fly kiss” while her partner was distracted by the Singstar competition.

Mr Jackson said: “Isn’t it the case that you consented to everything that happened?” She replied: “No.”

He said: “Mr Glynn didn’t rape you”, and she answered: “Yes he did.”

The trial, before Lord Boyd, continues.