Tory aide Samuel Armstrong ‘raped woman in his MP boss’s office before she ran screaming through the corridors of Westminster’

A WOMAN allegedly raped by a Tory MP’s chief of staff ran crying through Westminster’s corridors after her horrifying ordeal, a court heard.

Samuel Armstrong, an aide to South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, is accused of attacking his victim as she slept in his boss’s office after a night drinking.

Southwark Crown Court heard he called her a “b****” after she woke to him kissing her and she turned him down.

He then allegedly began taking her clothes off and assaulted her, saying “this is what you want”, jurors were told.

Prosecutors said Armstrong, 24, “abused his role and his position” to rape the woman in her 20’s after they drank together in a Parliament bar.

She was later seen on CCTV running through the corridors of Westminster at 2am.

She asked a cleaner to call police when he saw her “shaking and crying” near the closed Sports and Social Bar, jurors heard.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC added: “Armstrong went out another way, using his pass and sending her messages, one of which suggested that he was concerned and that she contact him if she had ‘any issues’.”

The woman allegedly suffered bruises and abrasions to her genitals, arms and mouth.

Armstrong was arrested at 5.39am and later gave a prepared statement to police.

It’s funny it is one of the most important buildings, Westminster, and it has no police anywhere

He said: “I deny the allegation of rape and wish to say that any contact between (the complainant) and I was at all times consensual.

“I do not wish to say anything further at this point.”

A video testimony played in court heard how the woman “felt like a hostage”.

She said the ordeal was “incredibly painful” and after it was finished she got dressed and left the office.

She said: “I started to walk and then I started to run through Westminster.

“It’s funny it is one of the most important buildings, Westminster, and it has no police anywhere.

“I found a cleaner and held on to his arm and didn’t let go of that poor cleaner’s arm until the police came.”

Armstrong, from Danbury in Essex, denies two counts of rape, one of sexual assault and one of assault by penetration on October 14 last year.

The former Conservative Party activist, who joined Mr Mackinlay’s staff in 2015, claims what took place happened with “full consent”.

The trial continues.

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