UK: Nigerian Faces Deportation After Rape Charges Drop

UK: Nigerian Faces Deportation After Rape Charges Drop

UK - A Nigerian has been cleared of rape - but is still behind bars and faces deportation. Adedayo Oginni, 27, was found not guilty of rape after a week-long trial. Jurors acquitted him after just over an hour of consideration.

After the unanimous verdict, defence counsel Brian Mark said: "The defendant will remain in custody. And as he's been here illegally, he’ll be removed by the UK Border Agency."

Teesside Crown Court heard how Oginni was an over-stayer who fled from police as they came to arrest him on suspicion of rape.

He denied raping a younger woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in her Middlesbrough home on November 30 last year.

The jury heard how the woman had been out with her friends in the town centre and was on her way home when Oginni met her.

They went to her flat, where the prosecution alleged she went to sleep and awoke to find him having sex with her without her consent.

The Crown said she pushed him off, contacted a friend and said she'd been raped.

Oginni, of no fixed address, told police the woman had invited him to her room and they had consensual sex.

Giving evidence in the trial, he denied "imposing his personality" on the woman when he met her and went to her flat.

When asked whether he raped the woman, he replied firmly: "Never".

He said he was surprised at the allegations.

He said they took a taxi to her home where they shared a pizza, watched a film and had consensual sex.

He said she never indicated that she did not consent, she was awake and enjoyed the sexual encounter.

He said he tried to run away from the police because of his status in the UK and concern that he'd be deported.

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