Commonwealth Games swimmer ‘raped a woman who had just had sex with his friend’

A Commonwealth Games swimmer raped a woman who had just had sex with his friend after she told him she wouldn’t be “passed around”, a court has heard.

Otto Putland, 23, who represented Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, is accused of raping the complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, twice after a night out with his friends in Cardiff.

It is claimed the defendant raped the woman at the home of his friend and Olympic swimmer Ieuan Lloyd after the latter had had consensual sex with her.

Putland denies both counts of rape, claiming the sex between him and the complainant was also consensual.

A trial at Cardiff Crown Court heard Putland went out with Mr Lloyd and friends to Glam nightclub, in Greyfriars Road, on July 13, 2015.

While at the club Mr Lloyd met the complainant, who met Putland for the first time that night.

Mr Lloyd and the complainant went back to his home in Constellation Street, Adamsdown, where they had sex.

Later on that evening Putland returned to Mr Lloyd’s home as he was due to stay there for the night and went up to his friend’s bedroom where the complainant was lying in bed.

She claimed Putland sat on the bed and took his shoes off after Mr Lloyd had left the room, which made her feel uncomfortable.

She later told police the defendant lay on the bed, took his clothes off, and started kissing her.

She said she turned away and said “What are you doing? You can’t pass me around”.

It was then claimed that Putland told the complaint “You’re not being passed around” but she again told him she did not want to have sex with him.

Read for instance WalesOnline, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Metro, ITV, and New York Post

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