Park rape trial begins

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A WOMAN offered to help a man before he turned on her and raped her in a Halifax park, a court heard.

Abbas Ali, 21, faces one charge of rape at Bradford Crown Court.

Prosecutor Hilary Manley said the 34-year-old woman had been on her way to a shop at 5.30am in September 2010.

She got to St Augustine’s Park, Hanson Lane, Halifax, when she saw Ali staggering around, seemingly drunk.

She helped him to a bench when he suddenly grabbed her and raped her.

Miss Manley said the woman had dug her nails into his thighs in the hope of securing DNA evidence.

She managed to struggle free and ran home to ring the police.

Ali denies ever meeting her.

The case continues.