Former Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley footballer Nile Ranger – who is accused of raping a woman in a hotel – deleted a ‘trophy photo’ from his phone minutes before handing it in to police because ‘he knew it would give the game away’, a court heard.
The 22-year-old striker took the picture of some bedding, a room key and a notepad in the £30-a-night Carlton Hotel in Newcastle-upon-Tyne after allegedly raping a woman he had been out drinking with.
But after being arrested he removed the image from his phone just before he handed over his belongings to police.
Asking Ranger why he had taken the picture, Christine Egerton, prosecuting, said: “Its not that you wanted a trophy, is it? You deleted that image from the phone you had secreted on you minutes before.
“You had been deleting an incriminating image because you knew you had to hand your property over.
“You knew it would give the game away, you knew you had done something wrong.”
Ranger denies raping the woman and insists they had consensual sex.
He said he did not view the picture to be a trophy because it was not pleasant and said he could not remember why he had taken it.
Yesterday, he said he had never engaged in sexual activity with a woman against her wishes and the pair had consensual sex.
The alleged victim says she was raped in the hotel after agreeing to meet the footballer in a city centre bar.
She said she could not remember anything until she woke up naked in the hotel room the next morning.
Swindon Town striker Ranger played for Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Newcastle United during the 2011/12 season.
The case was adjourned until Monday.