A Mytholmroyd man has gone on trial accused of the early- morning rape of awoman he followed from a Halifax cocktail bar.
A jury heard the 20-year-old victim bit her attacker’s penis during her alleged ordeal in November 2007.
Prosecutor Andrew Kershaw told the jury that an article in the Courier led to a breakthrough in the police investigation and they were able to trace Peter Fallows to Bulgaria.
The court heard Fallows, now 34, had booked a return flight to Bulgaria a few weeks after the attack but did not come back as planned.
Fallows, of Brink Top Farm, All Bank Lane, was finally arrested back in Mytholmroyd.
Mr Kershaw said he told several lies to the police during his interviews.
He said Fallows denied ever going to the Barbarella’s nightspot in Silver Street or wearing his long hair tied back at the time of the offences.
When told about forensic tests linking his blood to the victim’s clothing Fallows claimed to have dropped a glass while in The Goose pub and suggested the blood may have splattered from his cut fingers on to the woman.
But Mr Kershaw told the jury that a forensic scientist had concluded that the blood-staining was too extensive and wide-ranging.
Fallows denies rape and assault by penetration and Mr Kershaw told the jury that his defence would be that he was not responsible for attacking the complainant near to a block of flats that night.
Mr Kershaw said the complainant was markedly under the influence of alcohol and she had a vague recollection of her attacker offering to walk with her up the road.
After the woman made her complaint to the police she was medically examined and Mr Kershaw said her injuries were consistent with her being involved in a struggle and her being dragged on her elbows and knees on hard ground.
Mr Kershaw during identification procedures the woman picked out Fallows as her attacker without hesitation.
The trial continues.