Friday 22 September 2017

Four students accused of raping woman at annual college ball in filmed attack

Men aged 20 and 22 deny raping alleged victim during end-of-year ball at prestigious Royal Agricultural University and filming sex attack, jurors told

Thady Duff, 22, James Martin, 20, Leo Mahon, 22, and 22-year-old Patrick Foster arrive at Gloucester Crown Court Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA
Thady Duff, 22, James Martin, 20, Leo Mahon, 22, and 22-year-old Patrick Foster arrive at Gloucester Crown Court Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

A jury has been sworn in to try the case of four students accused of raping a woman at an annual college ball and filming the alleged attack.

Thady Duff, 22, James Martin, 20, Leo Mahon, 22, and 22-year-old Patrick Foster deny all the charges they face, which are alleged to have been committed against the same woman.

Thady Duff
Thady Duff

They are accused of raping the alleged victim at the end-of-year ball at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, in May 2014.

A jury of six men and six women were sworn in to hear the case at Gloucester Crown Court.

James Martin
James Martin

Judge Jamie Tabor QC told the panel that barrister Fiona Elder would begin the prosecution case on Wednesday morning and they were released until then.

He told them: "This case concerns sexual activity on a ball night at the Royal Agricultural University. Some of that was filmed.

Patrick Foster
Patrick Foster

"This is going to be what we call adult pornographic material - very short in length - to be watched."

Duff, of Blunsdon, Swindon, Wiltshire denies three charges of rape. He also denies a charge of sexual assault against the same woman which is alleged to have been carried out between October 1 and 31 2013.

Martin, of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, denies a single charge of rape. Mahon, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire denies three charges of rape and two charges of assault by penetration.

 Foster, of Kelvedon, Colchester, Essex denies one charge of rape and two charges of assault by penetration.

The internationally renowned university, which until 2013 was known as the Royal Agricultural College, is rated the Oxbridge of agricultural studies.

Founded in 1845, it was the first agricultural college in the English-speaking world.

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