A JEWELLERY salesman accused of raping his maid told police he acted on impulse and could not control himself, a High Court jury heard yesterday. The 41-year-old man, who pleaded not guilty, pounced on the woman as she was sleeping on a bunk bed at his home on June 28 this year, the court was told. Prosecutor Anna Lai said the 36-year-old domestic worker suddenly felt a hand on her shoulder which then moved down her body. The maid had seen her employer, who was wearing only a pair of shorts. She tried to push him away but was not strong enough to resist him, Ms Lai said, and he took off her clothes and raped her. The woman tried to push him away because she was in pain but he ignored her and continued to have sex with her, it was alleged. The maid later returned to her housework, the court heard. She also collected one of her employer's children from school and went to the market. But she continued to be in pain. She went to a clinic and was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. A doctor reported that she was likely to have suffered injury as a result of sexual intercourse, the court heard. When arrested, the employer allegedly said: 'I was just acting on the impulse of the moment.' He told the police he could not control himself, it was alleged. The employer had claimed he had touched the maid before. The first time was four months prior to the alleged rape. Afterwards he had given her a pendant as a gift. Two months later he had touched her again. She did not resist on either occasion, the court heard. She formally identified him at a police station. He responded by saying: 'I am sorry I gave you trouble,' the court heard. The trial, before Mr Justice Stock, continues today.