February 25, 2014
A former Premier League footballer raped a woman in a hotel after pestering her for weeks “to be his girl”, a court has heard.
Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger, 22, is accused of raping the woman after the pair had been out together in January last year.
The player, who is now with League One Swindon Town, denies the charge.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the woman woke naked next to Mr Ranger not knowing where she was.
Christine Egerton, prosecuting, said the alleged victim could remember being with the footballer at Empress bar in Newcastle, where he bought them drinks, but could remember nothing more until she woke up naked in a hotel room the next day.
She told the jury: “She has no recollection that evening of going to a different place, but when she woke up she knew she had been there because she had a stamp on her hand.”
Ms Egerton told the court that Mr Ranger told her they had had sex and that she needed to take the morning after pill. She said she then got dressed, called a taxi and left.
Ms Egerton said it was “crystal clear that she was not consenting” as “she was so incapacitated by drink or something unknown that she found it difficult to walk and has no memory whatsoever of what occurred”.
The court was played an interview the alleged victim conducted with the police, where she said: “I was feeling really sick, I cannot explain how I felt, I have never felt like that before. I did not feel like I was there.”