Wiltshire

Jury deliberates on verdicts in Jonathan Haynes rape trial

A jury is considering its verdict in the trial of a former soldier accused of raping three teenagers in Wiltshire and south Wales.

Jonathan Haynes, 30, of Saxon Street, Northampton, denies six counts of rape, two of kidnap and two of attempted kidnap.

The jury at Bristol Crown Court was sent out on Monday after hearing more than three weeks of evidence.

Jurors are due to resume their deliberations on Tuesday.

Mr Haynes, a former lance corporal with the Royal Logistics Corps, is accused of abducting and raping a 16-year-old girl as she walked home from a Chippenham nightclub on 13 September 2009.

Mr Haynes says he was not the attacker.

He is also accused of raping an 18-year-old student in halls of residence at the University of Glamorgan in Pontypridd 13 days later.

The following February, he is alleged to have tried to snatch two 14-year-old girls from a country lane near Chippenham.

He is accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old girl on the streets of Chippenham weeks later and repeatedly raping her.

Mr Haynes denies all the charges.

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