Woman in airport rape case just trying to breathe

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Associated Press

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 10:31 PM

DENVER (AP) — A woman who says she was raped at Denver's airport by a man who spoke with her at a bar says she didn't scream because she was being choked.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/RxlgFO) the woman, now 23, told jurors Tuesday that she stopped saying no and was just trying to breathe when she was attacked last year on a concourse after refusing a request for a kiss.

The woman testified that suspect Noel Bertrand of Portland, Ore., told her during the attack that the gagging sound she was making was sexy.

Two airline mechanics intervened during the incident at Denver International Airport.

Bertrand's lawyer Wadi Muhaisen (moo-HAY-sen) claims the woman had rough, consensual sex with Bertrand then regretted it.

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday.

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