Rape accused James Murray 'felt deep unease' over sex

James Murray outside Oxford Crown Court
Image caption Mr Murray denies the rape charge at Oxford Crown Court

An aristocrat accused of raping a 16-year-old girl said he had consensual sex with her but had "deep feelings of unease".

Oxford Crown Court heard James Murray, 41, the son of the Earl of Mansfield, had sexual relations with her at his flat in the city over several days.

Giving evidence, he said the girl - who cannot be named - never objected.

Mr Murray denies carrying out the rape in June 2010 after getting the girl drunk.

He told jurors how the first sexual encounter happened when the girl was was staying in the spare room.

"I felt she was expecting me to initiate sex with her so I did," Mr Murray said.

He said the girl had replied: "OK, I can do that."

Asked by his barrister Nicholas Syfret QC if he had any concerns, he said: "Yes. I had deep feelings of unease throughout, yes."

The court heard that the alleged victim, a foster child, had "installed herself" in the flat after becoming friends and helping Mr Murray identify who had stolen bicycles from his block of flats.

The trial continues.

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