August 1 2014 Latest news:
Freddy Mayhew, Reporter
Monday, April 14, 2014
A woman who accused an illegal immigrant of repeatedly raping her chose to have dinner with him days later, a court has heard.
Daiwad Khan, 25, of Wood Lane, Dagenham, is accused of three counts of rape, a single count each of assault by penetration and sexual assault, two counts of battery, and one of intimidation in respect of the alleged incident at Ilford’s Cranbrook Hotel.
Delivering his closing speech to the jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Andrew Cohen, defending, told jurors Khan’s accuser had lied in court about the exact dates of the alleged offences.
He said she had given a “false impression of the relationship” by not initially admitting to the court the pair had had consensual sex after meeting at Barking market, where Khan worked at a stall.
He also said she only confirmed the pair had met in the days following the alleged incident after being faced with “incontrovertible evidence” in court.
He told jurors: “She is willing to lie and lie again until she is caught out.”
The jury heard how Khan was an “overstayer”, meaning an illegal immigrant, when the pair met.
Mr Cohen said: “The victim thought the only reason he was interested in her was to sort out his illegal status in this country [through marriage].
“Unless the defendant is a lunatic this wasn’t – if what she says is true – the way to go about it.”
The jury is expected to go out to consider its verdict later today.
A woman has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after she was hit by a train near Seven Kings Station today.