Hung jury in Haverfordwest rape trial
4:31pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
The jury in the trial of a Haverfordwest teenager accused of rape has been discharged this afternoon after failing to reach a verdict.
The prosecution at Swansea crown court now has seven days to decide whether to press for a retrial of Harley Wyn Rees, aged 19.
Rees, of Winch Crescent, had denied the charge.
Rees was accused by the prosecution of carrying out a “fast and furious” rape.
Rees had sex with the girl the first time they had arranged to meet, the jury was told.
After his arrest Rees told police he thought she had consented.
But he went on to say that she might have said ‘no’ but he failed to hear her because he had wax in his ears.
Geraint Walters, prosecuting, said the pair met each other at a youth festival in 2010.
They exchanged messages via Facebook and in August or September of that year Rees invited her to go shopping with him in Haverfordwest.
But it began to rain and they went to his home.
After watching a film in his bedroom he began to tickle her and then put his hand down the front of her trousers.
Mr Walters said he took off her trousers and had sexual intercourse with her, after putting his arm across her neck to pin her down.
“She said ‘no’ but he did not back off.
“He told her she was helpless. It was fast and furious activity,” said Mr Walters.
The girl told friends she had been raped and was advised to go to the police, but she was apprehensive about what would happen.
“She thought she could live through it, survive it.
“She had nothing further to do with the defendant.”
But she bumped into Rees again and told her father she had been raped and he contacted the police.
Rees was arrested.
During interviews he agreed they had had sex and that he had put his arm across her neck.
The court was told he told police he may not have heard her saying 'no' because he had wax in his ears.
Rees a detective after his arrest that he regretted having sex with the girl.
"I lost a good friend because of my stupidity," he added.
But he also told police, "I have nothing to hide. To me, I would not see it as rape."
He said he thought she had consented and could not remember her saying ‘no’.