Teenager on rape charge tells Plymouth jury he can not remember being alone with complainant
A TEENAGER accused of raping a schoolgirl could not remember anything because of drink and drugs, a court heard.
Brenan Grenney, aged 19, said he did not "have a clue" about what happened when he was left alone with the girl in a city flat, a jury at Plymouth Crown Court was told.
The court was read a police interview in which Grenney said he smoked cannabis and drank whisky in a park.
He added the next thing he remembered was waking up in a flat.
Grenney, of Embankment Road, denies raping a girl under the age of 16 on August 16, 2011.
He has admitted an alternative charge of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.
Grenney chose not to give evidence himself on the second day of his trial.
The jury heard the girl alleged that Grenney raped her after they were left alone in a flat on the night of the fireworks championship.
The court was read two police interviews in which Grenney repeatedly said he could not remember that part of the evening.
He said he was drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis with friends and some Lithuanian men in a city park. The next he remembered was waking up in a flat as some other people returned.
Grenney said in his first interview when asked what happened: "I do not know, it is the God's honest truth. I don't have a clue.
"I was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, I do not remember what I was doing."
He said in the second interview: "I remember drinking whisky, I don't remember how much."
Earlier, the complainant's brother described how she told him about what happened nine or ten days later.
He said she told him she had repeatedly told Grenney "no".
The brother said: "She was crying, she was a mess."
Together they then went to tell their mother, the court heard.
Under cross-examination, he said he did not call the police because he had been told they had already been informed.
The girl cannot be identified for legal reasons. The trial continues, with Judge Graham Cottle due to sum up and the jury expected to retire to consider its verdict.