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Ex-Wildcat Tiny Pinder denies raping teen

AAP logoAAP 26/07/2016 By Greg Roberts

Former Perth basketballer Kendal "Tiny" Pinder has denied allegations he raped a teenager after asking her back to his place to see photos of his days as a Harlem Globetrotter.

The Bahamian-born 203cm, 60-year-old is on trial again following multiple past convictions.

He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge of raping the teenager nearly 30 years ago.

A suppression order on Pinder's past convictions was lifted during the judge-alone trial in the Perth District Court, meaning those convictions were allowed to be discussed openly in court.

The alleged victim, now 47, was in tears as she gave the court a harrowing account of how Pinder attacked and raped her when she resisted his sexual advances in his home.

Pinder asked the woman out for lunch after meeting her and buying her drinks while she celebrated her 19th birthday with girlfriends at Perth's Margeaux's nightclub in late 1987 or early 1988, prosecution lawyer James Nicholls said.

However, Pinder is arguing he has never met the former model.

The woman said that after having lunch with Pinder in Fremantle, she agreed to an invitation into his Melville home to look at photos from his Harlem Globetrotting days.

She said she was not interested in Pinder sexually, but she and her father were keen basketball players and fans of the Perth Wildcats.

However, Pinder would not let the woman leave when she declined his attempt to kiss her and forcibly pulled her into his bedroom and pinned her to the bed, she told the court.

"I was scared, I said `I didn't come here for this, I just want to go home'," the woman told the court.

"I was struggling but then I knew it was going to happen and stopped wriggling - he was very calm and in control."

Mr Nicholls accused Pinder of having an ingrained tendency or propensity to use physical force to overcome resistance from young women.

He cited the fact that Pinder was jailed in the 1990s and convicted for three sexual assaults in Perth involving women aged 16 to 20 between 1988 and 1990.

He later moved to NSW and was jailed there for five years in 1996 for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old schoolgirl, before being extradited back to WA in 2013 for breaching his parole.

Defence lawyer Mara Barone argues the assault never happened, saying the complainant says the rape occurred a year earlier in 1986-87 when Pinder was possibly not in the country.

The prosecution concedes the discrepancy but says the alleged victim was mistaken, the rape occurred and the woman's father will give evidence that Pinder called their house to ask her out.

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