A RADA graduate accused of raping a student after a party told police he may have done it while sleepwalking, a court heard.

Nick Walker, 21, told officers he could not remember the encounter but had done something similar with his girlfriend.

The alleged attack is said to have occurred during a sleep over at a student flat in Finsbury Park, north London, early last year.

Despite Walker telling officers he may have had sex with the woman whilst asleep he changed his story whilst giving evidence at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Following his arrest, the former Royal Academy of Dramatic Art student told the interviewer: "I can't remember physically doing it.
"I was not drunk and if I did do it, it was in my sleep." He also told officers: "With my girlfriend, I have done it a couple of times.

"We were both asleep and I cuddled up to her and it just went from there."

During cross examination, Walker told jurors: "At this point in my interview it was getting very late and I wanted to go.

"I was terrified of the situation and I wanted to go home."

When prosecutor Toyin Salako asked Walker if he had raped the victim while "sleep walking", he responded: "I would definitely wake up before that point.

"I don't believe that I would do something like that and not wake up.'

Miss Salako also accused Walker of trying to silence his victim by befriending her on social networking website Facebook.

"You were hoping that by being her friend and trying to smooth it over, she would not make a complaint," said the barrister.

Walker denied the claim, saying: "We had got on really well. I didn't see any issue of adding her as a friend on Facebook."

The trial has heard how the woman ignored Walker's online friendship request before later reporting him to police.

Edward Henry, defending, said no forensic evidence was ever found which linked Walker to the alleged attack.

Mr Henry asked Walker: "Can you remember at any time being in any intimate state with her?"

Walker, the son of Staffordshire Fire Brigade's assistant chief executive Christine Walker, replied: "No."

Walker, the woman and another man had bedded down on the living room floor at a flat in Finsbury Park, north London.

The trio and other students had earlier enjoyed a night out at the University of London Union (ULU) bar in central London, the court heard.

She told the court that she awoke to the horror of being raped by the theatre technician.

The woman, a student from Manchester on a weekend break, told jurors she found her pyjama bottoms and knickers pulled down and Walker having sex with her.

She said: "When I became conscious I felt Nick inside me."

The woman returned by train to Manchester the next day and told her boyfriend what happened, the court heard.

He encouraged her to report Walker and the couple later went to a police station, she told jurors.

Miss Salako asked the woman if she had given Walker the wrong impression.

She replied: "At no point was I attracted to Nick and at no point did I give any signals to him. I had no indication from Nick whatsoever that he had any interest in me."

Walker, from Kilburn, north west London, denies rape on January 26 last year. The trial continues. - Daily Mail