Joanne Eley secures acquittal for man charged with rape

4 November 2019

Joanne Eley recently concluded a five day trial at Ipswich Crown Court representing a man charged with raping a woman at his B&B. Patrick Thompson faced one charge of rape, while co-defendant Brunno Tajima, 21, was charged with four counts of rape. The two men, who were in Suffolk working for the same cable pulling company, first met the alleged victim at the Golden Lion pub when she was out with a group of friends. The pair joined the group and were invited to go with them when the celebrations moved to the nearby Waggon and Horses pub, the court heard.

Thompson told the jury the alleged victim sat on his knee and whispered in his ear that she wanted to go back to his hotel or "words to that effect". Asked by defence barrister Joanne Eley why he thought she said that, Thompson replied: "Because she wanted to obviously have sex." Thompson told the court he had consensual sex with the woman but was interrupted by a phonecall from Tajima and stopped to take the call. Miss Eley then asked: "Did she seem happy? Did she seem content to have sex with you?" Thompson replied: "Yes."

The jury found Thompson not guilty but co-defendant Tajima guilty. Judge Martyn Levett remanded Tajima in custody until sentencing on 2nd December and ordered a pre-sentence report on him. For more information see press reports below.

  1. East Anglian Daily Times
  2. Ipswich Star