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Rape trial jury will not hear recording of attack.
A recording of a teenage rape victim pleading with a man to stop the attack will not be played to the jury at his trial.
Cameron Smith, 18, of Broadly Terrace in Waltham Abbey, is accused of raping the girl, who was under 16 at the time, five times over an 18-month period in Harlow.
The jury has already been told the victim had recorded the sound of an attack on her mobile, when she can be heard telling the defendant to repeatedly “get out”.
But the court heard experts decided there is no certainty that the voice on the recordings is that of Smith and no members of his legal team were present when the recordings were played to witnesses.
Therefore, the prosecution will not be playing the recording as evidence.
Smith has pleaded not guilty to a total of nine offences, including five rapes, two sexual assaults, one assault by penetration and one of inciting a child under 16 to take part in sexual activity.
He denied that the voice on the recording was his and claimed he was “too stoned” and depressed after an ex-girlfriend lost a baby to carry out the attacks.
Smith has declined to give evidence.
The jury is due to begin deliberations shortly.
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