University graduate, 28, ‘sexually assaulted woman when she passed out on his lap’ 

University graduate, 28, ‘sexually assaulted woman outside student bar when she passed out on his lap’

  • Louis Woods, 28, denies two counts of assault by penetration after the incident 
  • Woman alleges he assaulted her in the Birkbeck student bar in London in 2019 
  • She told court he had been ‘creepy and pervy’ but she had ignored the behaviour

A university graduate sexually assaulted an unconscious woman in a student bar as she repeatedly passed out, a court heard. 

Louis Woods, 28, allegedly touched the complainant intimately in the Birkbeck University student bar in Bloomsbury, central London, on March 18, 2019.

Woods denies two charges of assault by penetration related to the incident.  

The alleged victim was drunk and went outside to the bar’s smoking area to get some air when she was assaulted, Wood Green Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Liam Gregory told jurors the woman had not consented to the intimate act and there was no possibility Woods could have reasonably believed that she had. 

‘She did not consent to a sexual act. Mr Woods could not reasonably believe there was consent when he carried out this act.’

The complainant said she had one pint of Guinness, two shots of rum, a Jager shot and two double vodka lemonades on an empty stomach.

The university graduate student is accused of two counts of assault by penetration, which he denies. The incident happened in the Birkbeck student bar in March 2019

The university graduate student is accused of two counts of assault by penetration, which he denies. The incident happened in the Birkbeck student bar in March 2019

During a police interview she said her memory of the evening was patchy but she didn’t know why Woods had gone to the smoking area with her.  

‘I don’t recall how I got outside, I just know I felt ill.

‘I still don’t know the reason he went outside with me. Most of the time I was unconscious, flipping between passing out a little bit.

‘Throughout the time I was there I was laying on him and he would motion for me to lay back down on him again,’ the woman told police. 

‘There were times when he was creepy, a bit pervy, but I think I let it slide because I felt he had feelings for me.’

After the alleged sexual assault the woman said she felt in ‘shock’ but did not want to make a scene.

‘I wasn’t even sure how I felt about it,’ she said.

‘Once I woke up sober, I was able to think about it more clearly, this wasn’t right. I felt violated.’

Prosecutor Liam Gregory told the court that the woman had not consented to the sexual act and there was no basis for Woods to believe that she had

Prosecutor Liam Gregory told the court that the woman had not consented to the sexual act and there was no basis for Woods to believe that she had

She recalled Woods kissing the back of her head and shoulder and saying: ‘Sweetie, come home with me,’ before he assaulted her.

In a series of texts to her boyfriend, the woman described the alleged intimate assault. 

She also told her partner: ‘I think I’m quite drunk.’  

She told the court: ‘He took advantage of my drunkenness… It looked like he was molesting me and I guess he was?’

Woods, who lives in Wandsworth, denies two charges of assault by penetration.

The trial continues.

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