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Jurors in Joshua Flynn case visit site of alleged rape

Union Leader Correspondent

May 16. 2018 10:00PM
Joshua Flynn is heavily guarded by court officers during the jury's view of Emery Farm in Durham on Wednesday. He is accused of raping a woman there last year. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Correspondent)

Emery Farm on Route 4 in Durham has five greenhouses and a few structures, including this market where Joshua Flynn allegedly raped a woman and tied her and two others up in a back room last year. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Correspondent)

DURHAM — The first witness in Joshua Flynn’s trial described on Wednesday the morning Flynn allegedly raped her at Emery Farm in Durham.

After Flynn, 47, of Bristol, received word from his mother that police were looking for him in connection to a string of robberies that took place in Strafford County last year at the beginning of March, the man who was recently released from a Rhode Island prison allegedly decided to steal money and a getaway vehicle from the farm on Route 4.

When Flynn went inside the market and café, he allegedly took the 23-year-old woman hostage by tying her hands behind her back. Flynn then took her into a back room where he allegedly raped her, saying he was going to jail for a very long time and needed to have sex.

“I just remember telling him, ‘Please don’t hurt me’ over and over again,” the woman said as she wiped away tears.

The woman said when Flynn took off his belt she knew what was coming and kicked the door. When he jumped on a chair and began jabbing the air with his knife, she became scared.

“At this point, I thought, ’I’m just going to comply because I’m stuck,’” the woman said.

The woman’s boss saw what was happening when she returned to the store to grab her purse. Flynn allegedly pushed her into the ice cream machine and tied her up as well.

“It seemed like he didn’t have a plan. He didn’t know what he was doing,” the woman said.

According to prosecutors, a customer entered the store and Flynn tied her up as well before finding the store owner’s keys and stealing her Nissan Frontier.

Prosecutors say Flynn ditched that vehicle when he took a 2017 Silverado from Portsmouth Chevrolet. Police say they found the truck in the parking lot at Five Guys on Lafayette Road.

Flynn took a cab to C&J Trailways, where he was arrested, police said.

Flynn is facing 10 felony charges related to his actions on March 10, 2017.

Robert Watkins, Flynn’s attorney, said Tuesday they plan to concede to two counts of robbery, two counts of kidnapping and one count of theft by extortion. Flynn acknowledged he committed those crimes against the store owner and customer, but has denied the rape.

Watkins said the armed robbery was staged and the sex was consensual.

Judge Steven Houran told the jury on Wednesday before their view of Emery Farm that even though Flynn is not fighting the charges relating to the store owner and customer, the state still has to meet its burden of proof.

“There is a sharp distinction between not contesting a charge and pleading guilty to a charge,” Houran said.

Flynn’s trial will resume at Strafford County Superior Court today at 10 a.m.

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