Rape-accused ex-Sheffield Wednesday striker ‘was usual cocky self’

Nile Ranger in action for Sheffield Wednesday.
Nile Ranger in action for Sheffield Wednesday.
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A woman allegedly raped by a former Sheffield Wednesday striker broke down in tears after being accused of ‘enthusiastically participating’ in sex with the footballer.

The woman broke down under cross-examination by Toby Hedworth QC, Nile Ranger’s barrister, who accused her of failing to act like someone who had been raped after the incident.

Swindon Town striker Ranger – who played for Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Newcastle United during the 2011/12 season – denies raping the woman at a Newcastle hotel in January 2013.

Mr Hedworth told the victim at Newcastle Crown Court: “I suggest you were happy and enthusiastic to be with Nile, to be dancing with him, to be kissing him to be going in a hotel room and having sex with him.”

Gary Langham, night porter at the Carlton Hotel, Jesmond, scene of the alleged rape, told the court 22-year-old Ranger was ‘his normal footballer arrogant cocky self’ on the night in question.

And the complainant’s best friend told the court she had texted her saying something bad had happened.

The friend said: “She kept saying she couldn’t remember anything and burst into tears.”

Jurors have seen CCTV footage of the pair arriving at the hotel and she can be seen falling out of the taxi.

Christine Egerton, prosecuting, said it was ‘clear she was not consenting’ as ‘she was so incapacitated by drink she found it difficult to walk and has no memory of what occurred’.

The trial continues.