Ex-Saints player Nile Ranger on trial accused of rape

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A FORMER Saints footballer raped a friend in a hotel after pestering her for weeks ''to be his girl'', a court has heard.

Nile Ranger, 22, is accused of raping the girl after the pair had been out together in Newcastle city centre.

The striker, who left Southampton for Newcastle United in 2008 and now plays for Swindon Town, denies the charge that relates to an incident that took place in January last year.

Christine Egerton, prosecuting, said the alleged victim could remember being together at Empress bar in Newcastle where he bought them drinks but then could remember nothing more until she woke up naked in a hotel room the next day.

''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,'' she said.

Ms Egerton told Newcastle Crown Court the girl woke up without any clothes on next to Ranger and had no idea where she was. He then told her they had had sex and that she needed to take the morning after pill.

She then got dressed and 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.''

CCTV footage was also shown of the pair arriving in a taxi at the Carlton Hotel in Jesmond, Newcastle, and she can be seen falling out of the car.

The jury heard Ranger, who used to play for Newcastle United, had been messaging her in the weeks before and would always come and talk to her when they met in clubs.

But she had always told him she was not interested and said she had a boyfriend.

''As far as he was concerned he wanted something more and it went further than that because he had been pestering her for some time,'' said Ms Egerton.

''In the days and weeks before this allegation they had been communicating by text and Whatsapp and in these communications he had asked her to be his girl.''

The court was told on a previous occasion she had gone back to a hotel with him as he said he wanted to talk to her.

He had started kissing her neck and touching her leg but she had not wanted that so when he went to the bathroom she had left the hotel and got a taxi home.

After being arrested Ranger told the police they had twice had sex and she had consented ''whole heartedly'' and ''enthusiastically''.

Proceeding

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6:43pm Mon 24 Feb 14

eurogordi says...

Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.
Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me. eurogordi

7:54pm Mon 24 Feb 14

thesouth says...

eurogordi wrote:
Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.
It's people like you that let rapist get away with it. Your uneducated opinion would be laughable if it wasn't such a serious topic. I hope none of your loved ones are ever a victim of this type of crime even though it's the only way you would ever see sense. Very arrogant and ignorant.
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.[/p][/quote]It's people like you that let rapist get away with it. Your uneducated opinion would be laughable if it wasn't such a serious topic. I hope none of your loved ones are ever a victim of this type of crime even though it's the only way you would ever see sense. Very arrogant and ignorant. thesouth

8:16pm Mon 24 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

eurogordi wrote:
Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.
Where does it say she was drunk in the article?
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.[/p][/quote]Where does it say she was drunk in the article? KSO16R

8:30pm Mon 24 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

By reason of drink, drugs, sleep, age or mental disability being unaware of what was occuring and/or incapable of giving valid consent. . . . Rape
By reason of drink, drugs, sleep, age or mental disability being unaware of what was occuring and/or incapable of giving valid consent. . . . Rape KSO16R

8:53pm Mon 24 Feb 14

thesouth says...

eurogordi wrote:
Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.
By the way 'So drunk that she didn't know what she was doing' = no capacity to consent.
Research the law
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.[/p][/quote]By the way 'So drunk that she didn't know what she was doing' = no capacity to consent. Research the law thesouth

9:07pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Zexagon says...

Communicating by texts in the days and weeks leading up to this? What an understanding boyfriend she has
Communicating by texts in the days and weeks leading up to this? What an understanding boyfriend she has Zexagon

9:42pm Mon 24 Feb 14

SOULJACKER says...

thesouth wrote:
eurogordi wrote:
Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.
It's people like you that let rapist get away with it. Your uneducated opinion would be laughable if it wasn't such a serious topic. I hope none of your loved ones are ever a victim of this type of crime even though it's the only way you would ever see sense. Very arrogant and ignorant.
All that they are saying (I think) is that the bloke is named before being proved to have done anything & thus the mud has been slung & it will definitely stick.
The press should not be allowed to name the suspect until they are proven to be guilty.
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.[/p][/quote]It's people like you that let rapist get away with it. Your uneducated opinion would be laughable if it wasn't such a serious topic. I hope none of your loved ones are ever a victim of this type of crime even though it's the only way you would ever see sense. Very arrogant and ignorant.[/p][/quote]All that they are saying (I think) is that the bloke is named before being proved to have done anything & thus the mud has been slung & it will definitely stick. The press should not be allowed to name the suspect until they are proven to be guilty. SOULJACKER

9:57pm Mon 24 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

SOULJACKER wrote:
thesouth wrote:
eurogordi wrote:
Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.
It's people like you that let rapist get away with it. Your uneducated opinion would be laughable if it wasn't such a serious topic. I hope none of your loved ones are ever a victim of this type of crime even though it's the only way you would ever see sense. Very arrogant and ignorant.
All that they are saying (I think) is that the bloke is named before being proved to have done anything & thus the mud has been slung & it will definitely stick.
The press should not be allowed to name the suspect until they are proven to be guilty.
Yes equally debateable but the tone of the comment suggests less sympathetic view from the womans perspective.
[quote][p][bold]SOULJACKER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.[/p][/quote]It's people like you that let rapist get away with it. Your uneducated opinion would be laughable if it wasn't such a serious topic. I hope none of your loved ones are ever a victim of this type of crime even though it's the only way you would ever see sense. Very arrogant and ignorant.[/p][/quote]All that they are saying (I think) is that the bloke is named before being proved to have done anything & thus the mud has been slung & it will definitely stick. The press should not be allowed to name the suspect until they are proven to be guilty.[/p][/quote]Yes equally debateable but the tone of the comment suggests less sympathetic view from the womans perspective. KSO16R

10:19pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Quite Frankly says...

eurogordi wrote:
Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.
I thought dinosaurs were extinct. Why not just say "She was asking for it"? That is the implication of your facile remarks.

Echo - why are you even allowing comments DURING a court case?
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Okay, so once again the supposed "victim" cannot be named even though she was so drunk that she did not know what she was doing or where she was. In the meantime, the alleged rapist has been named by the media for something he may or may not have done. And if this did happen a year ago, the "victim" has only come forward now. I'm sorry, but with all these historical claims going through the courts with judgements of "not guilty", this sounds like another gold digger to me.[/p][/quote]I thought dinosaurs were extinct. Why not just say "She was asking for it"? That is the implication of your facile remarks. Echo - why are you even allowing comments DURING a court case? Quite Frankly

1:02am Tue 25 Feb 14

John85 says...

Oh hell no! Its the same over and over again. im guessing the supposedly bfr found out she slept with him, Next smart move "na babe i was raped". Its entirely up to young females like that to manipulate situation as such. Black man+rape=Automatic Prison sentence.
If all women scream rape after drunken one night stands they regret...Half the blokes out there deserve to be behind bars.
We have to be objective in dealing with such allegations.
This is mediocre compared to the traumatic experience actual rape victims go through. Not some fun tooting youth.
Oh hell no! Its the same over and over again. im guessing the supposedly bfr found out she slept with him, Next smart move "na babe i was raped". Its entirely up to young females like that to manipulate situation as such. Black man+rape=Automatic Prison sentence. If all women scream rape after drunken one night stands they regret...Half the blokes out there deserve to be behind bars. We have to be objective in dealing with such allegations. This is mediocre compared to the traumatic experience actual rape victims go through. Not some fun tooting youth. John85

1:38am Tue 25 Feb 14

userds5050 says...

Well done the DE allowing comments on an ongoing criminal trial. Total disgrace yet again.
Well done the DE allowing comments on an ongoing criminal trial. Total disgrace yet again. userds5050

8:58am Tue 25 Feb 14

Zexagon says...

userds5050 wrote:
Well done the DE allowing comments on an ongoing criminal trial. Total disgrace yet again.
I'm not on the jury so I'm ok
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: Well done the DE allowing comments on an ongoing criminal trial. Total disgrace yet again.[/p][/quote]I'm not on the jury so I'm ok Zexagon

1:31pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Redrobbo says...

People on here making judgements on a few lines in a newspaper. Its for the Jury to decide once they have heard all the evidence. I don't agree with the accused being named in these cases, people always assume no smoke without fire, equally I am not in the camp of she went back to his hotel so she must have been gagging for it. It will almost certainly come down to who the Jury believe, especially if there are forensics. Where does it say has only just reported it, the wheels of justice move very slowly, so she could and probably did report it fairly soon afterwards.The other problem in cases where people are 'celebrities' is that the jury will know that Nile Ranger has had previous with the Old Bill so that could prejiduce them against him. Equally because they think they know him they might think he is a fine upstanding member of the community.
As an aside do you know why there has never been a CSI Portsmouth made. The answer is simple they could never catch the criminals or identity the victims. No dental records and they all share the same DNA.
People on here making judgements on a few lines in a newspaper. Its for the Jury to decide once they have heard all the evidence. I don't agree with the accused being named in these cases, people always assume no smoke without fire, equally I am not in the camp of she went back to his hotel so she must have been gagging for it. It will almost certainly come down to who the Jury believe, especially if there are forensics. Where does it say has only just reported it, the wheels of justice move very slowly, so she could and probably did report it fairly soon afterwards.The other problem in cases where people are 'celebrities' is that the jury will know that Nile Ranger has had previous with the Old Bill so that could prejiduce them against him. Equally because they think they know him they might think he is a fine upstanding member of the community. As an aside do you know why there has never been a CSI Portsmouth made. The answer is simple they could never catch the criminals or identity the victims. No dental records and they all share the same DNA. Redrobbo

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