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February 2, 2015
Rugby: Gareth Raynor rape trial – rugby star ‘became aggressive after injecting steroids’

A British rugby star accused of raping a woman ‘became aggressive after injected steroids in his bum’, a court heard.

Gareth Raynor 36, of the Mount, Pontefract, is accused of raping the woman between December 30 2005, and January 2 2007. The rugby league star is also alleged to have attacked the same woman with a knife on April 29 2000. Hull Crown Court heard how Raynor allegedly had his hand over the woman’s throat and pinned her down so she could not breathe. The victim said: ‘He stopped me shouting. And I did not want to. That was rape. ‘He did rape me. He knew what he was doing. He knows what he did to me. I know what he did to me.’ She alleged Raynor took drugs to improve his physique prior to his move to Hull FC in 2001. It was suggested by the victim that the ‘steroids’ may have caused Raynor to become aggressive. She continued: ‘He told me that he injected steroids into his bum in the changing rooms at Castleford.’ Raynor denies the charges. The trial continues.
Gareth Raynor rape trial: GB rugby star ‘became aggressive after injecting steroids in bum’