Aussie speedway star's sex assault trial begins
Speedway champion Darcy Ward allegedly used a vodka bottle in a sexual assault on a 17-year-old girl, a UK court has heard.PT0M32S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-1ydv8 620 349 May 10, 2012
An international speedway star used a makeup tube and a vodka bottle to sexually assault a drunken teenager in her hotel room after a race meeting, a court has heard.
Australian Darcy Ward, 20, is said to have carried out the attack along with a friend aged 17, who videoed the incident on his phone.
A jury was today shown footage of the alleged assault that was recovered from the iPhone that belonged to the co-accused, who can't be named for legal reasons.
On trial ... Darcy Ward.
The poor quality video showed the victim in her underwear lying on a bed and the accused apparently performing various sexual acts upon her.
After the race meeting in Poole, Dorset, the pair are said to have gone to the speedway fan's room at a Premier Inn hotel.
The court heard the alleged victim had consumed vast amounts of alcohol and later had no recollection of what had happened.
The prosecution said that the younger of the accused raped her orally and carried out two sex assaults before Ward joined him for the final assault.
It was this act that the prosecution said was recorded on the iPhone and was played to a jury of five women and seven men.
During the footage a male voice can be heard saying: "That's f....d in the head. That's f.....d." Bournemouth Crown Court heard that the alleged incident took place after the speedway meeting between Poole Pirates and Birmingham Brummies on August 17 last year.
The victim had travelled to the town with a friend, and had booked a room at the hotel that was close to the stadium.
Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, said the victim had drunk various ciders, a pint of vodka and lemonade, cola cube shots and Archers, a peach schnapps, over a period of about three-and-a-half hours.
She said: "What happened to her in that room that night was a number of sexual assaults upon her." She then described how the men used a make-up tube and a vodka bottle to carry out the assaults.
Later that night, after the men had left, the victim's friend returned to the room and seeing blood arranged for her to go to the hospital.
The next day the two accused were arrested. They told police the woman's moaning indicated that the actions were consensual.
Ward, a star of Speedway Elite League champions Poole Pirates who gave a Dorset address, denies one charge of sexual assault.
Brisbane-born Ward, who won the world U/21 speedway championship title in 2009 and 2010, has homes in Australia and Britain.
His co-accused, from Swindon in Wiltshire, denies one charge of rape by penetration and three sexual assaults.
The case continues.