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Puppy lured me to rapist,' woman claims

PUBLISHED: 16:40 05 August 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 16 August 2010

A WOMAN claimed she was repeatedly raped by a stranger after being lured back to his flat by a cute puppy. Luis Hernandez, 25, allegedly enticed the 20-year-old woman from Bromley back to his north London flat from a pub hinting that the dog would be t

A WOMAN claimed she was repeatedly raped by a stranger after being lured back to his flat by a 'cute' puppy.

Luis Hernandez, 25, allegedly enticed the 20-year-old woman from Bromley back to his north London flat from a pub hinting that the dog would be there along with drinks, cannabis and friends, jurors were told. But, they ended up alone at the apartment, where Hernandez stripped her and subjected her to a 'prolonged sexual attack', Southwark Crown Court heard on Tuesday. The young woman described how she was tipsy after an evening drinking with friends at The Raven pub in Kensal Rise, north-west London.

Shortly after midnight she spotted the 'cute puppy' being shown off by Hernandez's group gathered outside.

She said: "I'm quite a big animal lover, I thought it was cute, it was a puppy, I wanted to say 'hello' to the dog I guess."

Around 20 minutes later, Hernandez invited her back to his to 'smoke a joint', she said.

She agreed, believing there would be more people, including other women joining them, along with the dog, she claimed.

The woman added: "I had said outside the pub that nothing (sexual) was going to happen."

Once on the bus, the group gradually disappeared, but she still believed people would come along later.

She described following Hernandez to his home in Hatton Street, Edgware Road, where they smoked pot, sipped champagne, and downloaded music from the internet.

But the 'strong cannabis' made her memory 'fuzzy' from then.

It was then that Hernandez overpowered her, she said, by pulling her onto the floor.

She said: "My head was sort of towards the door, and he raped me.

"I was screaming: 'Stop' and 'No', and I tried choking him with my fingers - tried to put my fingers down his throat so he would stop."

Simon Wild, prosecuting, told the court he 'repeatedly raped' her before falling asleep.

The woman ran out into the street in her bare feet, leaving her boots and underwear behind.

Police guided her to the nearby Hilton Hotel where they met her looking 'clearly very distressed, crying, visibly shaking'.

A doctor found marks on her neck and bruises on her fingers consistent with her attempts to fight him off.

Following his arrest Hernandez, who denies two counts of rape on January 26 last year, insisted she consented 'enthusiastically'.

The trial continues.

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