A trainee solicitor ‘raped’ a drunken law student at a house-warming hosted by a new work colleague before molesting another sleeping young woman, a court has heard.
Tom Hagyard, 29, had been working for a commercial law firm in the capital for a few weeks when his new colleagues invited him to a house party in Fulham, west London.
He turned up to the event with a bottle of wine after treating his family to a celebratory three-course meal with his first pay check – telling Isleworth Crown Court he was looking forward to a ‘distinguished career’ before his arrest.
During the early hours of the morning at the Fulham party, Hagyard was accused of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another who had dozed off on the sofa.
The rape complainant, who was in her 20s, claimed she was ‘nine or ten out of ten drunk’ when she passed out, and woke to find a stranger raping her.
The second woman was lying on the sofa when Hagyard undid her top and started touching her underneath her bra, the London court was told.
Hagyard denies five counts of rape and sexual assault.
Trainee solicitor Tom Hagyard, 29 was accused of raping a drunk law student and molesting another sleeping woman at a party in Fulham, West London in 2017
Hagyard (pictured in 2016) turned up to the event with a bottle of wine after treating his family to a celebratory three-course meal with his first pay check
However, Hagyard told the trial he had chatted with both complainants that night and told police the first woman was a ‘willing and enthusiastic’ partner, denying he raped her.
He has pleaded not guilty to one count of raping the law student at the two-bedroom £700,000 Fulham Road address in west London in 2017, plus two counts of assault by penetration.
Hagyard also pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexually assaulting the second young woman, also in her 20s, later that same evening as she slept on the living room sofa.
He was reported to the police, who did not order any DNA testing and was questioned by officers two days later.
Hagyard told the jury the party host invited him to sleep in her bed and lay next to the first complainant.
‘She immediately rolled towards me and kissed me. It did surprise me, but I did like her and thought she was attractive.’
Hagyard said consensual sexual activity followed, but did not lead to full sex and he remained fully-clothed throughout, unlike the woman whose jeans he removed
Hagyard said consensual sexual activity followed, but did not lead to full sex and he remained fully-clothed throughout, unlike the woman whose jeans he removed.
‘She was almost gasping when I touched a different part, it was all pleasurable noises.’
The woman told the jury via her video-recorded police interview she had wine, Prosecco and vodka that night.
‘We got very drunk and I don’t remember a lot. I took myself to bed and I woke up and there was a boy sort of on top of me,’ she said.
‘I was going in and out of consciousness and did not think I could move. I froze a bit, I didn’t fight him off or anything.
‘I remember trying to push him away. I was staring at the wall for a while.
‘I felt very drunk, nine or ten out of ten drunk. I kept my eyes closed for a bit and I remember feeling confused.
‘He was on top of me and I was in pain. I felt like I could not move or fight him off and my memory goes in and out, I have flashes.’
Hagyard told Isleworth Crown Court (above) he had chatted with both complainants that night and told police the first woman was a ‘willing and enthusiastic’ partner, denying he raped her
Prosecutor Richard Job told the jury the trainee solicitor host had invited people from work, plus former school and university colleagues with drinking and dancing continuing into the early hours.
The law student passed out fully-clothed alongside the host in her bed at around 3am.
‘The man was on top of her and having sex with her and her underwear had been pulled to one side,’ explained the prosecutor.
‘She was confused and felt unable to fight the man off her. She was passing in and out of consciousness. She attempted to push him away and then passed out.
‘She had never met or spoke to the man before. She did not consent to any sexual contact, she could not have because she was asleep.’
Shortly afterwards Hagyard turned his attention to the second young woman, who was sleeping on the couch, the court heard.
‘She had also had a bit to drink and was sleeping in her clothes. She was woken at 5.30am by someone touching her chest.
‘The top of her bra had been pulled to one side and a man’s hand was on her breast. She felt his mouth next to her ear and the words: ‘Shush. It’s okay.’
‘He was crouched by her and having touched her breast he moved his hand to her belt and began to undo the buckle. She was scared and and she got up and went quickly to the host’s bedroom.’
Hagyard told the trial he was invited onto the couch by the woman and massaged her chest, at one point slipping his hand under her top. ‘She seemed to be enjoying it and breathing pleasurably.’
The young woman later texted friends that she had been ‘sexually assaulted’ at the party and messaged the host: ‘He was literally sucking on my earlobe.’
When the host confronted Hagyard via text about his behaviour to both woman, he responded: ‘It was a drunken, stupid mistake and I can’t say sorry enough. I misunderstood what people were thinking.’
Prosecutor Richard Job added: ‘He accepted sexual contact with both women, but denied rape.
‘Regarding the first complainant he said he thought she wanted sexual contact with him. He stated that she was a willing and enthusiastic partner.’
Afterwards, Hagyard explained he went to the kitchen for a glass of water and tried to wake up the guest sleeping on the couch.
‘She appeared less than enthusiastic so he stopped.’
An emotional Hagyard, who has no previous convictions, told the trial he received a text invite to the party while enjoying the celebratory family meal in a nice restaurant.
‘They were new friends so I decided to go,’ he explained. ‘It was quite civilised, not a wild party.’
Hagyard said he had a playful ‘mock psychotherapy session’ with the second complainant, who hoped to pursue it as a profession.
‘She was also trying to get me up to dance with her and we chatted on the couch.’
He was ready to leave when the host invited him to sleep on her bed, where the first complainant was already passed out, the court heard.
‘She said it was too late to go home and suggested I share the bed with her,’ explained Hagyard. I was a little wary of her because she had a little crush on me and made an advance earlier.’
The trial continues.
Source: Daily Mail UK