Woman ‘bit taxi driver’s penis as he raped her after being split up from friend’

Malcolm Hancock, who denies rape, is on trial at Newcastle Crown Court (Picture: Google)

A rape victim bit a taxi driver’s penis as he forced himself on her in his cab, a court has heard.

Malcolm Hancock, 55, is accused of raping the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, after driving her home from a night out in South Shields, south Tyneside, in June 2019.

Jurors heard the woman had been drinking at home and in bars and got into Hancock’s cab after becoming separated from her friend.

In a recorded police interview played in Newcastle Crown Court, the woman said:  ‘I don’t even think I bit hard.

‘I was thinking “should I bite it”, I went to bite it. If I did bite it I didn’t bite hard.’

She said her memory of the incident was hazy but added: ‘I just know what happened shouldn’t have happened.’

Hancock, from East Boldon, denies rape and claims it was the woman who was ‘sexually aggressive towards him’.

Paul Abrahams, prosecuting, told the court:  ‘In essence, the Crown say the defendant, who was working as a taxi driver, forced himself upon the complainant after he had given her a fare home and orally raped her in his taxi.’

Mr Abrahams said Hancock asked if he could enter the woman’s home when they pulled up but she said no, after which he proceeded to rape her.

Mr Abrahams added: ‘Confused by what was going on, it took a moment for her
to respond. She believed she bit his penis, although not hard, just under the tip.’

The woman contacted her boyfriend and her mum when she got into her home.

Hancock, who was traced and interrogated hours after the alleged attack, initially said he had ‘no idea’ about the allegation but later claimed the woman had invited him in and ‘grabbed’ and ‘squeezed’ his penis after he refused, jurors heard.

He is said to have claimed the woman briefly gave him oral sex but that he stopped her after “two or three seconds”.

The trial continues.