DNA FOUND on a woman’s clothes is a billion times more likely to belong to the Southampton man accused of attacking her than anyone else, a court heard.

Luke West is on trial accused of raping the woman, who was on her way to work last November.

Following the attack, she was left covered in blood and bruises and needed surgery for a fractured eye socket.

Forensic scientist, Suzanne Winter gave evidence at Winchester Crown Court after being tasked with analysing DNA and blood samples following the attack on November 13.

Ms Winter told the court how swabs taken from the victim were bloodstained and examined for the presence of DNA.

She told how DNA samples from these swabs were a billion times more likely to belong to Luke West than any other


The 29-year-old, of Warren Avenue, denies the charges of rape and grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.

Ms Winter went on to say how clothes torn from the victim and found in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens also showed traces of West’s DNA.

A pair of West’s black boxer shorts were also tested and found to have DNA from the victim on them.

On the morning of the attack West was seen in the doorway of an address in Yelverton Road.

A black bomber jacket covered in bloodstains was seized by police from the same address.

Ms Winter told the court how an examination showed that the blood matched the victim and that it was one billion times more likely to come from her than anybody else.

Miss Winter added: “The findings of the intimate swabs show strong support for the proposition that Luke West had intercourse with the


As reported previously West claimed to have broken hands at the time of the attack.

During his time in a police cell last November, he had repeatedly complained about hand pain.

West told forensic paramedic, Paul Jones who was tasked with checking on him after his arrest that he had broken both hands just two weeks before.

Giving evidence on Monday, Mr Jones told how West had no bruising or marks on his hands.

Furthermore, the accused had a good range of motion in his fingers and hands.

Mr Jones said: “He did not answer [how he broke his hands].

“I began to examine them but it became awkward because West was argumentative.

“ I left him because he was talking over me the whole time and I was getting nowhere.”

The trial continues.