Rugby man accused of raping a woman - and then helping two other men to rape her

The court heard it was a ‘planned and engineered’ attack - he denies the charges

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 4:25 pm

A Rugby man is accused of sexually abusing and raping a woman and helping two other men to rape her in what is said to have been a ‘planned and engineered’ incident.

Caspar Smith is alleged to have given her another drug along with her own medication before the sexual attacks were carried out, a jury at Warwick Crown Court has heard.

Smith (46) of Omega Place, Railway Terrace, Rugby, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting the woman by penetration, raping her and two charges of aiding and abetting her to be raped.

Caspar Smith outside court.
Caspar Smith outside court.

All four charges arose out of the same incident in 2018 when it was alleged Smith raped her and ‘encouraged and assisted’ her to be raped by two men.

Prosecutor Caroline Harris told the jury: “This was a planned sexual attack. He had planned and engineered this.”

A few days after the incident, the woman called her GP’s practice and said she had been raped by three men, and the police were contacted.

When Smith was arrested he declined to answer questions, but gave a written statement in which he denied the allegation of rape and claimed the sexual contact had been consensual.

And he went on to say he did not witness anyone else raping the woman.

But Miss Harris suggested that messages sent between them contained an acknowledgement of what had happened.

The woman messaged: “You and your friends sexually abused me and raped me. You really don’t understand how wrong it was.”

Smith replied: “I do understand.” And in a later message he said: “I wish it never happened. I am sorry.”

The trial continues.