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Chasers nightclub doorman accused of raping woman in Kingswood club toilets

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

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A Kingswood nightclub doorman raped a woman in a toilet cubicle, a jury heard. The 20-year-old asked Stephen Miller if she could use the ladies’ lavatory at Chasers club in Kingswood after it closed at 3am.

He said Miller came in and forced himself on her, but Miller claimed she consented to sex and they were momentarily intimate before he stopped due to guilt over his marriage.

Miller, 48, of Victoria Road, Hanham, denies raping the woman in February last year.

Kerry Barker, opening the case for the prosecution, told Bristol Crown Court the complainant had gone to the club with two girlfriends.

He said: “By the end of the evening she was drunk. The club closed at 3am and (the woman) asked Mr Miller if she could go to the toilet. He allowed her back in. He followed her to the ladies’.”

Mr Barker said Miller went into the ladies toilet and into the cubicle the woman was using. Mr Barker told the jury: “He had sex with her against her wishes. Afterwards he escorted her out, acting quite normally. Outside she was upset, her friends had left and two street wardens comforted her and contacted her friends.”

The court heard the woman’s ex-partner collected her and she told him she had been assaulted and was in pain.

He noticed she had marks on her legs and she was taken to Frenchay Hospital as police were called.

The woman then went to The Bridge sexual assault referral centre, where a doctor examined her.

The woman told police a black security man had non-consensual sex with her. She had a very poor memory of events, due to drink. Miller, the only black security man on duty that night, was arrested and interviewed.

He told police he went into the toilet because she was in there for a long time, and she invited him to have sex.

The jury heard he admitted doing so briefly but, because he was married, stopped as “guilt brought him to his senses”.

Mr Barker said: “He stopped and escorted her out.”

The case continues.

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