Tuesday 19 November 2019

Sex assault case football players may face retrial

Shenai Raif

FOUR footballers including a former Irish international are likely to face a retrial for sexual assault after an Old Bailey jury failed to reach verdicts.

The jury was discharged after being unable to agree following 25 hours and 23 minutes of deliberation.

They had been able to agree only one verdict, finding Lewis Dunk not guilty of voyeurism.

Former Irish under-age player Anton Rodgers (20), his Brighton colleagues Lewis Dunk (21) and George Barker (21) and former team-mate Steve Cook (21), who now plays for Bournemouth, had pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and voyeurism.

They were alleged to have assaulted a 19-year-old woman in a Brighton hotel room in July 2011.

She claimed she fell asleep following a drunken night out and later saw photos of the incident on Rodgers' mobile phone.

The players said there was nothing sexual in what went on.

Prosecutor Richard Barton told the court he would seek a retrial, provisionally set for April.

Irish Independent

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