Member of hacking group Anonymous UK "raped woman in Occupy London campsite on steps of St Paul"s"

Member of hacking group Anonymous UK 'raped woman in Occupy London campsite on steps of St Paul's'
Malcolm Blackman, 45, allegedly raped the woman twice in her tentActivist frequently spoke to the media during the anti-capitalist protestHe tied victim's hands behind her back with cable ties in attack, court hearsBlackman spoke to the media on behalf of Anonymous, Old Bailey is told

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Rob Cooper

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10:32 GMT, 25 April 2013

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12:57 GMT, 25 April 2013


'Attack': Malcolm Blackman, 45, allegedly twice raped a woman inside the Occupy London protest camp

'Attack': Malcolm Blackman, 45, allegedly twice raped a woman inside the Occupy London protest camp

A member of the notorious 'hacktivist' group Anonymous UK raped a woman twice inside the Occupy London camp, a court heard.

Malcolm Blackman, 45, allegedly took advantage of the woman, aged in her 40s, after she passed out drunk in her tent on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral.

In another incident he tied her hands behind her back with cable ties before forcing himself on her, jurors heard.

Giving evidence from behind a screen, she told the Old Bailey how she started spending weekends sleeping at the Occupy campsite in November 2011, and was quickly befriended by Blackman, who she described as a 'leader'.

'He was part of a group calling themselves Anonymous UK,' she said.

'He was a welcoming sort of character, people turned to him and said what do we do about this, he seemed to be a leader sort of person.'

The pair began a secret relationship when Blackman made a pass at her in their tent just before New Year's Eve.

She was kissing him in the tent on January 14 last year when he suddenly slipped cable ties over her hands and forced her onto the floor of the tent.

Breaking down in tears she said: 'He pulled my hands behind me, grabbed hold of my arms and put something around my wrists and tied them very tightly.'

She was sobbing, but said she was too shocked and afraid to say no.

'I told him he's hurt me, but he didn't seem bothered, he just said said next time we'll have to use a code word. I just got dressed and lay there crying.'

The following week, the pair were talking in the tent when she fell asleep, and woke up to find him forcing himself on her.

'I was scared of how he would react if I told anyone,' she said.

'I had seen him get angry with other people in the camp, and I thought if I started talking about it he wouldn't agree.'

Protest camp: The victim was allegedly attacked twice by Blackman, 45, inside the camp

Protest camp: The victim was allegedly attacked twice by Blackman, 45, inside the camp

Blackman frequently spoke to the media on behalf of Anonymous UK during the anti-capitalist Occupy London protest, which was finally broken up by police in February last year.

Prosecutor David Povall asked the victim: 'And who would deal with the press from that group'

She replied: 'From the Anonymous UK group, it was Malcolm who was dealing with the press.'

She said Anonymous camped closest to the cathedral, with tents pitched on land owned by St Paul's.

They would go out to different protests during the day, before drinking in the camp in the evening.

The victim, who cannot be named, lived at home in south London during the week, and slept in the Occupy tent at weekends.

Anonymous UK are the British wing of the global hacking group, who carry out cyber-attacks on capitalist targets and governments.

Blackman, of Weston-super-Mare, Avon, denies two counts of rape.

The trial continues.

Protest: Blackman frequently spoke to the media on behalf of Anonymous UK during the anti-capitalist Occupy London protest

Protest: Blackman frequently spoke to the media on behalf of Anonymous UK during the anti-capitalist Occupy London protest