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Second woman tells murder trial of rape

AAP logoAAP 11/10/2016 Margaret Scheikowski

A second woman has told a Sydney murder trial of fearing for her life when a man squeezed her throat during a rape attack.

Robert James Adams was charged with raping her in 1975, but the woman said she left NSW before his trial because "I was so frightened of him".

Adams, now 64, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Sydney nurse Mary Louise Wallace, 33, who disappeared after getting into his car after a night out in 1983.

He says they had consensual sex and when he woke up she was gone.

The Crown alleges he tried to strangle her with the intention of forcing her to have sex, in line with his tendency to choke women for sexual gratification.

A woman has told the judge-alone trial of being terrified that she would not survive an attack by a man called Bob who squeezed her throat while raping her in a car in 1978.

Giving evidence on Tuesday, another woman said she met Robert Adams, who appeared to be charming and trustworthy, in a Circular Quay cafe in 1975.

The next day he said he would take her out for a meal, but drove to a cottage saying he would change from his work clothes and "you may as well come in, I won't be long".

When he threw her on the bed, she told him "I don't want to do this" and said she was bleeding as she recently had an abortion.

He told her "it doesn't matter" and put both hands around her throat and squeezed it.

The woman said she had trouble breathing and thought he would kill her, so she said "do it" just to stay alive.

He raped her before she managed to run away and police were called, she said.

She gave evidence at his 1975 committal hearing but left Sydney before his Supreme Court trial so she did not have to testify against him.

Red welt marks were left on her neck from the strangling, but the woman said photos taken at the time had been lost by police.

Under cross-examination, she denied defence suggestions she had flirted with Adams, that the sex was consensual and that he at no time had choked or strangled her.

The trial is continuing.

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