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Man denies raping sleeping woman at party

AAP logoAAP 29/11/2016 Lisa Robinson

A woman who fell asleep on a couch at a house party in Sydney awoke to find herself being sexually assaulted by a stranger, a jury has been told.

Scott Harry Richardson, 25, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexually assaulting the woman, who had recently arrived in Australia on a working holiday visa, in December last year.

In the Crown's opening in the Downing Centre District Court on Tuesday, prosecutor Brett Hatfield said the woman told a friend she initially thought her boyfriend was lying on top of her on the couch.

She told the friend she didn't know the man who assaulted her but could recall his distinctive T-shirt, which she later saw on the floor of a room where Richardson was sleeping, Mr Hatfield said.

Richardson later told police the sexual assault allegations were "absurd" and "quite insulting".

He said he saw someone on the couch wrapped in a duvet and jumped on top of them, thinking it was his friend, the prosecutor said.

When he realised it wasn't his friend he apologised and left the room.

Richardson's lawyer Bernard Brassil told the jury the crown witnesses, who had all been drinking, had different stories about that night.

The trial is continuing.

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