A teenager raped by a disguised attacker later went on to form a friendship with the man without realising he was the alleged culprit, a Launceston court has heard.
Waverley's Stewart George Pyers, 41, has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape with defence counsel Adrian Hall arguing the sex with the girl, who cannot be identified, was consensual.
Today in the Supreme Court crown prosecutor John Ransom said Mr Pyers raped the 14-year-old in November 2002 in Waverley.
He said the girl was walking to a pay phone about 3am when Mr Pyers came up from behind and made her lay down near a block of flats before raping her.
The woman told the jury that she was introduced to Mr Pyers through a friend about six months later and they became friends.
She said she felt ``sick'' when police told her last year that they believed Mr Pyers had raped her 11 years ago.
In his opening statement Mr Hall said his client had been riding his bike when he met the teenager and they started talking.
At her suggestion they had sex after she had told Mr Pyers she was 18, Mr Hall said.
After swapping details she began to blackmail Mr Pyers in to "driving her around'' or she would tell police about the incident, he said.
Mr Pyers went along with it after he checked the newspaper and saw an article about a teenager being attacked on the night he slept with the girl.
He later called her bluff but she did not go to police, the court heard.
In his opening statement Mr Ransom labelled that version of events as a ``cunningly crafted lie some 10 years in the making''.
The trial continues.