Rape accused is found not guilty

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A SECURITY officer accused of raping a teenager in her bedroom walked free from court after being acquitted of the sex attack.

Nathan Forbes, aged 26, of Mather Walk, Littledale, was cleared by jurors of raping the 19-year-old college student at her flat in Darnall last November.

The prosecution alleged Forbes dragged the teenager on to her bed, held a pillow over her mouth and nose and told her he would rape her ‘whether she was dead or alive’.

But the jury of nine men and three women took just over an hour to acquit Forbes of rape and attempted rape by unanimous verdict.

He held his hands to his face and exclaimed ‘thank you’ before immediately leaving court.

Forbes, who met his accuser while working as a security officer at the Spar supermarket on Division Street, told the jury the pair had consensual sex and that the woman, now aged 20, ‘did not say stop’.

Following the verdict, Tina Dempster, prosecuting, requested that a restraining order be made to stop Forbes contacting the woman.

But Chris Aspinall, defending, said Forbes ‘would not wish to have contact in future’.

Judge Michael Murphy QC declined to make the order but warned: “If he’s anywhere near this girl it’s going to be taken as an act of intimidation. He should keep well away from her.”