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Defense challenges victim in Dover sex assault trial
Nineteen-year-old Samuel Coffey of Dover walks out of a courtroom Wednesday during a break in his sexual assault trial in Strafford County Superior Court. (Mike Lawrence)
Landres asked the teen why she agreed to let Coffey pick her up shortly after that conversation and get her alcoholic drinks if, as she testified Tuesday, she knew that she would have been uncomfortable drinking alone with him.
Deputy County Attorney Alysia Cassotis asked the teen Wednesday if alcohol actually was the reason she agreed to hang out with Coffey that night. The teen said it wasn’t.
On Tuesday, the teen said that after Coffey drove her down a wooded trail next to Willand Pond and the Winchester Arms residential development, they talked about camping and Coffey mentioned that he always kept a rifle in his truck.
“(Coffey) didn’t show or point a weapon at you, he didn’t grab you, and he didn’t hurt you,” Landres countered. “He didn’t hold your head back and pour a beer down your throat — that didn’t happen.”
Landres also pressed the teen on discrepancies between her initial and later accounts of the incident, such as how she later didn’t recall telling nurses at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover that night that Coffey had performed CPR and “rescue breathing” on her after she blacked out.
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