A TRURO man has been found not guilty of raping a woman after a night out.
Carlos Roche, aged 36, of Moresk Road, went on trial at Truro Crown Court accused of raping and sexually assaulting the woman in December 2012.
Jason Beal, for the prosecution, told the jury that the alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had fallen asleep on Mr Roche's sofa when she woke up to find him behind her, and that he raped her.
Mr Roche denied charges of rape and assault by penetration, telling the jury that they had consensual sex.
The jury heard that Mr Roche's partner had been in the house at the time.
In summing up the case for the jury Nick Gerasimidis, defence counsel for Mr Roche, posed a number of questions and pointed out inconsistencies in the accounts the woman gave to medical staff and police officers.
Mr Roche told police the woman had initially been "making all the right noises" but that after they started to have intercourse she turned round and said words to the effect of: "We can't do this."
Mr Roche told police he realised they both had partners, and stopped. The woman claimed she had been asleep and woken up to find Mr Roche assaulting her but her body and mind had frozen and she had not said anything or moved.
Mr Gerasimidis asked: "Why in fact didn't she say or do anything at the time, and yet later she screamed the house down?"
He said the woman had no reason to be afraid of Mr Roche.
Mr Gerasimidis said Mr Roche was "bitterly ashamed" of what he had done but that he had always been consistent in what he had told the police about the incident.
He said: "Of course he had slipped up, hadn't he, even if this was consensual?
"As I have indicated, he is not proud of what he has done."
However, that was not a reason to convict him of rape, he added.
On Thursday afternoon, the jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts on both charges. Mr Roche wept as he left the court.
CAMBORNE residents are preparing for the most important day in the town's calendar as they celebrate the memory of one of their most famous sons, Richard Trevithick.
The bunting is up and the last-minute preparations for Trevithick Day are almost complete, with residents hoping for clear skies on Saturday.
Kingsley Rickard, chairman of the event's committee, said: "The day will feature the same mixture of attractions that people have come to expect from Trevithick Day.
"Steam engines big and small, dances, lots of stalls and the fair will all attract the visitors, so quite the medley really.
"What people don't realise is that preparation actually started back in September because it takes a lot of time to bring the whole thing together. Factors such as road closures and licensing have to be sorted way in advance.
"Local people are very proud of the town's engineering and industrial past and the fact that Camborne is world-renowned for its mining heritage means a lot to the people of the town."
The traditional balmaidens' and miners' dance will kick off proceedings when it leaves Basset Street at 10.15am, featuring almost 250 local schoolchildren led by miniature steam engines and Camborne Town Band.
Trevithick's Dance leaves Basset Street at 2.30pm with almost 100 adults dressed in the traditional Cornish colours of black and gold, dancing in procession behind the band.
The famous steam parade will puff its way to the top of Camborne Hill at 3.15pm.
Outgoing mayor Mike Champion said: "The day is a celebration of a Camborne man who dedicated his life to improving the conditions of miners and is greatly underestimated by the rest of Britain.
"I always look forward to Trevithick Day and if it didn't continue then there would be a lot of disappointed people."
Trevor Dalley, who along with his wife Valerie, is acting dance secretary, said: "Cornish people have had their fair share of hard knocks over the years with the closures of the mines and the Great Holman Company that employed half of the town. Trevithick Day is a celebration where residents celebrate our history with pride and look to the future."
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EVERY Spring, the Rotary Club of Penzance presents an annual concert of school's music performed alternately by the pupils of local infant, primary and secondary schools.
The first Bernard Williams Memorial Concert was held in 1997.
Bernard came to Penzance in 1980 when he was appointed director of music at the School of St Clare, now The GEMS Bolitho School.
Under his enthusiastic leadership he inspired countless young musicians organising many concerts for choir and orchestra.
Bernard also became the musical director of the Penzance and the St Just operatic societies, the organist at St Paul's Church, Penzance, and during the summer months was involved in the musical life of St Ives.
He retired from teaching in 1992 but then became the local secretary for the Associated Examination Board and supervised the music examinations of countless local students. He was appointed conductor of Marazion Apollo Male Voice Choir and visited and assisted many local schools.
The Rotary Club of Penzance elected him to membership in 1992, and Bernard quickly set about organising concerts of schools' music in West Penwith.
He was president elect in 1995 but became ill and died in 1996 before becoming president.
His concerts of School Music continue to this day and are dedicated to his memory.
This year's concert of senior school student's music takes place on Thursday, May 1, at 6.30pm (admission £2.50) and will be held at the theatre of Penwith College at St Clare, Penzance.
The concert will showcase a variety of music from four local senior schools – Bolitho, Cape Cornwall, Humphry Davy and Mounts Bay Academy.
A MUCH admired west Cornwall garden opens for charity this weekend in support of the National Garden Scheme (NGS) which has raised more than £40 million for charity.
Chygurno, on the steep cliff-side of Lamorna Cove, will be open from 2 to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
The three-acre site features mainly southern-hemisphere shrubs and exotic plants, as well as a woodland area and winding steps and paths.
Owners Dr and Mrs Moule began planting in 1998 and have been fundraising for two thirds of that time.
In the past, Chygurno has featured in the Good Garden Guide and the English Garden magazine and is noted for its rhododendrons, hydrangeas and camellias, the coastal display as well as the fantastic views over the sea.
Entry is between 2pm and 5pm and costs £5 for adults, free for children – proceeds will be shared between Macmillan, Marie Curie, Help the Hospices, Carers Trust, The QNI, Perennial and Parkinson's UK.
ST MICHAEL'S Mount opened its doors for the summer season on Sunday.
Various events are planned at the attraction over the coming months.
Early in the season the bronze cast footsteps of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be unveiled following their visit to the Mount in May 2013.
This year will see St Michael's Mount celebrate the 60th anniversary of its gift to the National Trust.
Other upcoming events include a free open day for locals on Sunday, May 11.
For more information visit stmichaelsmount.co.uk
Mrs T Bird Hayle
THE FUNERAL took place at Phillack Parish Church on March 14, of Tina Bird, aged 57, of Hayle.
Tina was born on July 2, 1956, in Worcester, the eldest of two daughters to Margaret and Dave Farrant.
Tina met Ray Bird in 1974. They soon married and had two daughters, Michelle and Donna.
Having spent many a happy time on holiday in Cornwall as a child, Tina, Ray and the family moved to Cornwall in 1985.
They moved firstly to Lelant, then Carbis Bay and finally moving to Hayle in 2000.
Tina worked in the Golden Lion for many years, making lots of friends and enjoying playing darts in the St Ives League, gaining the respect of many people she played.
Holidays in Cyprus were important; she usually went out twice a year and this is where Tina was at her most relaxed and happiest.
She also had a fondness for making jewellery and cards, which she sold in shops around St Ives.
In 2010 Tina became "grams" to her granddaughter Chloe and was so proud of her and later Alfie, too; she loved to spend time with them. She will be sadly missed by her loving family and her many, many friends.
She will be always remembered for her love of life, smiley personality and her love for a party or two.
There were family flowers only, with donations kindly received for St Julia's Hospice, Hayle.
The bearers were Matthew Shiels, son-in-law, and Jack Broomfield, brother-in-law.
Cremation took place at Treswithian Downs, Camborne.
Family mourners: Raymond Bird, husband; Margaret McCauley, mother; Michelle and Matthew Shiels, daughter and son-in-law, rep Chloe and Alfie, grandchildren; Donna Bird, daughter; Jayne and Jack Broomfield, sister and brother-in-law; David Broomfield, nephew; Amber Broomfield, niece; Alex Broomfield, nephew; Sally-Ann Bird, sister-in-law; Samantha Bird, niece, rep Riley, nephew; Natalie Warr, niece; Mr and Mrs Liz and Stuart Dyson.
Friends: Mr Paul Galvin, rep Judith; Mrs Elaine Farrell, Mr Roger Cocking, Mrs Carol Spencer, Mr Tommy Bassett; Mrs Bridget Bellamy, rep Bill Kenyon, Kim and Abi; Mr and Mrs Ali and Steve Dodgson, rep Kelly Austin and family; Mr Rick Roemmele, rep Trae Rashleigh; Maureen Cocking, rep Colleen and Neil Hosking; Linda Jenkin, rep Gill Richards; Mr and Mrs Colin and Jackie Perkin, rep Al and Christine Date; Mr and Mrs Les and Mary Hart; Mr and Mrs Karen and Chris Nicholls, rep the Hart family; Norma Hart, rep Christine Nickson; Mr and Mrs Eric and Linda Bloxam; Mr and Mrs Vic and Lucy Simmons, rep Gladys Thomas; Mr and Mrs Maureen and Barry Goodman; Mr and Mrs Mike and Tamzyn Smith, rep Cindy and David Smith; Eleanor McCallum, Mrs Carina Beck, Maureen Chew, Mr Michael Holden, Mr Jamie Shields, Mr Mark Russell, Lucy Brinham, Marie Rouncefield, Dave and Bobbie Mitchell, Mrs Mairi Lewis, Mr Gary Murdin, Chris Morey, Mr Neil Kenna, Alex McDonald, Mr and Mrs Matthew and Samantha Dicker; Mrs Wendy Collier, rep Melvyn; Mr and Mrs David and Deborah Goodwin, Beryl Curran, Mr and Mrs Jeff and Maggie Irvine; Mr George Tenby, rep Jennifer; Jacqui Harris, Mr and Mrs Ed and Sandra Meacham, Mr Daniel Lawry, Mr Dennis Gill, Elaine Thomas, Mr and Mrs Mark and Vivian Hughes, Moz Fox; Mr Dave Morris, rep Jan Morris; Leah O'Brien, rep Danny Gallagher; Mr and Mrs Wayne and Lisa Quinn, Mr and Mrs Clive and Jina Stewart, Mr Charlie Dormer, Mr David Thomson, Jerry Merrifield, Mr Jim Gilbert; Mr Neil Ward, rep Rab and Cathy McKay, Mark Symons; Mr and Mrs Kathy and Bob Carr, Mrs Rebecca Care, Mr Keith Care; Sarah Quick, rep Gerald Quick and Liz Sullivan; Joanne Ball; Mr Malcolm Williams, rep Joan Freeman and Richard Banfield; Mr Jim Sefton, Mr and Mrs Geoffrey and Rose Thomas, Mr Dan Young, Naomi Hayward, Mr Stephen Angove, Mr Mike Trotter, Cathy Lester.
Funeral arrangements were by WJ Winn, Hayle.
TRURO look likely to provide a title challenge having gained a number of quality players.
Tom Sharp remains the professional, but after 16 years in charge hands over the reins to Rob Harrison. Kyle Van Rooyen, who is now English qualified, is vice-captain.
County players Neil Ivamy from Redruth and Kelvin Snell from Paul have joined up, along with Plymouth and Devon wicketkeeper-batsman Callum Whittaker.
Liam Lombard from St Erme and Tom O'Toole from Marlow have also arrived at Boscawen Park. Joe Dale though has moved to take up the job as Oxfordshire Cricket Development Officer.
Redruth have reacted to their reprieve by signing the Cornwall professional, left arm spinner Shakil Ahmed from St Just. Etienne Joubert is a 19-year-old South African seam bowling all rounder.
Martin Jenkin has moved from Camborne and Martin Strick from Stithians. Ben Stevens returns from injury to captain the team.
Christian Purchase (Grampound Rd), Neil Ivamy (Truro), Jack Thomas (Australia), Luke Johnson and Mark Jenkin (Troon) have all moved on.
Camborne have acquired 18 year-old South African Pieter Du Plessis, a wicketkeeper-batsman, who has played in Free State provincial teams for the past six consecutive years, representing every age-group.
Matt Rowe is the new captain, taking over from Dan Stephens, who is working away from home. Former captain Martin Jenkin has moved to neighbours Redruth.
Falmouth, who were in with a chance of the title right up to the final hour of the season, have lost professional Justin Stephens to St Just. Opening batsman Richard Kellow and all rounder Jon Udy have moved to neighbours St Gluvias.
The Stithians pair of Glyn Furnival and Craig Mouatt however, have joined and 26-year-old Indian batsman/off spinner Anup Revandkar, from Mumbai, is also due at Trescobeas by the start of the season. Kiwi Matt Goldsbury was unable to return.
St Justhave Gareth May back as captain with Nick George stepping down to become his deputy. Justin Stephens returns, as the professional in place of David Roberts.
Newcomers are 23-year-old Australian Harry Medhurst, who has been reported as "an aggressive fast bowler, clocked at 135k per hour, a dynamic fielder and explosive middle-order batsman".
Also arriving are the former Troon and Camborne wicketkeeper batsman Dan Mitchell and young Paul seamer Callum Donnelly.
Callington were third last year and Moores Park has seen some ins and outs in the close season.
Dan Davis is living in Bristol and will be playing for Thornbury and Andrew Libby has returned to St Austell.
On the plus side Jake Libby returns from injury. He has already been in the runs this year making 65 on his first-class debut for Cardiff MCCU against Gloucestershire at Bristol. Sixteen-year-old all-rounder Tom Dinnis has moved from Menheniot Looe and young batsman James Long from Werrington. Australian quick bowler, Aaron Jewiss, from New South Wales, will also be a new face.
Werrington have achieved the 'double double' in the past two seasons. They retained both their Premier League and 50/50 Cup titles last year. Added to that were the Hawkey and WT Edwards Cups to make it the most memorable of seasons at Ladycross.
Their new overseas player is 25-year-old Kiwi seamer Tony Goddin, who has just signed a professional T20 contract for the Northern Knights in New Zealand.
Alex Smeeth has a stress fracture in his back, a recurring injury, and is very unlikely to be bowling pace during the early part of the season.
St Austell welcome back slow bowler Andrew Libby from Callington. An exciting prospect is the arrival at Wheal Eliza of James Turpin from Wadebridge.
He was the Cornwall Schools Cricketer of the Year last year and hit an unbeaten 156 for Cornwall Under 17's at Dorset.
Gary Bone continues as skipper with Taylor Williams his deputy.
With the opening of their new pavilion there are exciting times at Grampound Road. They have gained Christian Purchase from Redruth and Alex Ridd from Ladock. He has topped a thousand league runs in each of the last two seasons.
Sri Lankan spinner Jeffrey Vandersay makes a return. Sir Tim Rice will open the new facilities formally on August 14, during a game against the MCC.
Newquay return to the top flight after two seasons. They have signed 30 year old batsman and leg spinner Usman Arshad, who has had plenty of Lancashire League experience. He has also played 89 first-class games in Pakistan.
Another newcomer is Neil Furlonger who has moved to the area having previously played in the West of England Premier League for Brislington. Tom Brooks has moved to Wadebridge.
THE Jolly's Drinks Cornwall Cricket League season gets under way on Saturday with the Premier League continuing with its format of recent seasons.
The 50/50 Cup occupies the first month before the ECB Premier League commences on Saturday May 24.
There have been no changes to the playing conditions or start times (1pm and 12.30pm after August 14).
Following the withdrawal of Paul in late March Redruth accepted the League's offer to not be relegated.
START times remain unaltered - 1.30pm in County One (1pm after August 14). Divisions 2-4 at 1.30pm throughout the season and Divisions 5-7 at 2pm throughout the season.
A change sees two up/two down guaranteed in all divisions, irrespective of County Division 1 teams' geography, leaving third from bottom being potentially a relegation position.
In the Standard Tier (Divisions 5-7) the batting points have been changed to every 35 runs instead of 40 and bowlers are now restricted to eight overs in the 40 over games.
THE 2014 Cornwall Cricket Yearbook has been published. 'Cricket in Cornwall 2014' provides the usual comprehensive annual review of Cornish Cricket from the County Club and Cornwall League to Women and Girls, Schools and Youth cricket with full reports and photographs on the county's representative teams.
The 312 pages include a 16-page section of colour photographs.
There is the usual full Cornish cricket fixtures guide, major First Class dates and an updated history and records section.
Please send a cheque for £7.50 (includes p/p), payable to 'Cornwall Cricket Board Ltd', to Michael Weeks, CCB Yearbook Editor, 9 Moor Street, Camborne TR14 8HN.