Indian accused of raping Oz model

Using the pseudonym “James Carter,” the accused, Paul Rajendran used a fake profile on ‘MySpace’ to arrange a meeting with the 23-year-old woman in early March last year, Sydney Morning Herald reported. Before the meeting in Sydney’s Central Business District, the pair exchanged a string of e-mails with Rajendran falsely claiming that he worked for the lingerie firm “La Perla,” it said.

During their meeting, the duo consumed several drinks in the Tank Stream Bar about 7.30pm and discussed the possibility of her modelling for the company, prosecutor Eric Balodis told jurors at the beginning of Rajendran’s trial in Sydney on Monday.

Balodis alleged that shortly afterwards Rajendran took the girl to an office block in Hunter Street and before raping her  he laid out “La Perla” pictures on a desk. “She was sitting on a chair in front of the desk. The accused came over and sat by her and kissed her,” Balodis said adding: “She said ‘I didn’t come here for that.’  At this stage she was so intoxicated, so drunk and so scared that she was crying. Rajendran then knelt between her legs and had sexual intercourse with the woman. He told her afterwards ‘I’ll make you into a really good model if you don’t tell anyone,’ ”  Balodis told the court.

The model left the building shortly after 10 pm and walked to the Royal George pub, in George Street, where the police were called, the newspaper said.

A hospital examination later revealed the woman had a blood alcohol level of 0.14, almost three times over the legal drink-drive limit.

Rajendran also faces actual bodily harm charges relating to abrasions said to have been found on the woman’s back after the attack, it said.

Rajendran’s lawyer told jurors the sex was consensual and that at no stage did he force the alleged victim to do anything against her will.

The girl appeared briefly in court via CCTV at the end of the first day of the trial, confirming she had been recommended to contact Rajendran via MySpace by another woman and that they had exchanged emails.
The court trial is expected to last seven days.

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