Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tory Aide 'Raped Me' in Mp's Office; Woman Attacked after Night out in Commons Sport and Social Bar, Court Told 'Victim's Distress Caught on CCTV'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tory Aide 'Raped Me' in Mp's Office; Woman Attacked after Night out in Commons Sport and Social Bar, Court Told 'Victim's Distress Caught on CCTV'

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Byline: Tristan Kirk Courts Correspondent

AN MP's chief of staff raped a young parliamentary worker in his boss's House of Commons office when she refused to go home with him, a court heard today.

Samuel Armstrong, 24, pounced on the woman when she began to fall asleep at the end of a drunken night out in parliamentary bars, it was alleged.

She was seen on CCTV running through the corridors of Westminster "in distress" after the alleged rape, then broke down as she told a cleaner about the attack, jurors heard.

Armstrong and the woman had been drinking with other Westminster workers in October last year at the House of Commons Sports and Social Bar, going up to a roof terrace together to watch Big Ben chime.

Armstrong then took the woman, in her twenties, for wine at a House of Lords office terrace, before they headed to the office of his boss Craig Mackinlay, the Conservative MP for South Thanet.

Southwark crown court heard that Armstrong put on jazz music as they chatted then pounced on her when she started to fall asleep, but called her a "bitch" when she refused to go home with him to Clapham.

Mark Heywood QC, for the prosecution, claimed that Armstrong turned "insistent and determined", stripping the woman naked and forcing himself on her, saying: "This is what you want."

"His reaction was telling, it was one of entitlement. He was not prepared to accept refusal," added Mr Heywood.

He said CCTV showed the woman walking arm-in-arm with Armstrong as they headed to the office, but she was seen afterwards "moving in an agitated way".

"She, in distress, walked and ran through the corridors of Westminster, eventually finding and telling cleaning staff Continued on Page 4 Continued from Page 1 what had happened," he said. "She looks around herself and behind her at times and she breaks into a little run from time to time. …

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