Man 'raped victim trapped in his flat'
A rapist took naked photographs of his victim after subjecting her to a "terrifying" ordeal while holding her prisoner at his home, a court heard.
The 26-year-old feared she was going to die after Gennaro Dalfonso, 31, strangled her and forced his fingers down her throat, leaving her gasping for air, jurors heard.
He is also spanked her, saying he was going to "treat her like a baby," Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
The woman was left with bruises all over her body after the alleged attacks at his home near Canary Wharf, last March.
Prosecutor Catherine Milsom said: "The victim was kept in the defendant's flat against her will and repeatedly raped. She thought she was going to die.
"She screamed for help and he stopped. She called him a murderer and told him she couldn't believe he had just done that to her.
"He knew full well that she did not consent and there was no way he could have reasonably believed she could have consented.
"He put his fingers into her mouth and down her throat with such ferocity that she couldn't breathe, she couldn't even scream.
"He only stopped when she indicated she could not breathe, and said he was sorry."
Around 10pm, Dalfonso and the woman then went out to get a Chinese takeaway before returning to his flat, jurors heard.
"When she was asked why she didn't tell anyone about the ordeal, she said the defendant was with her the whole time.
"She then went on to say, quite simply, that she was terrified of him and she didn't think it would do any good, so she returned to the defendant's flat."
But the woman managed to raise the alarm with her sister, who alerted police, it was said.
During police interview, Dalfonso insisted the sex was consensual.
"He also said he took photographs of her when she was naked," Ms Milsom said. "He said he was going to delete them from his camera but he couldn't explain why he took them."
Jurors heard Dalfonso has admitted assaulting the woman by slapping her in the face, strangling her and forcing his fingers down her throat.
He also pleaded guilty to destroying her laptop and damaging her mobile phone.
"These pleas by him support the victim's credibility, the Crown say, in relation to the allegations made by her of rape and attempted rape," Ms Milsom added.
Dalfonso, of The Quarterdeck, Canary Wharf, denies false imprisonment, attempted rape and three counts of rape.
He has admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two further counts of assault by beating, damaging property and destroying property.
The trial continues.