Rape trial jury to deliberate

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JURORS in a rape trial held at Sheffield Crown Court this week are expected to begin deliberating the verdict on Monday.

Liam Murphy, aged 34, of Holgate Close, Parson, Cross, Sheffield, is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in Scraith Wood, off Herries Road, Shirecliffe, in May.

The complainant picked him out in an identity parade, but he denies being responsible for the sex attack.

He admitted in court that he has four previous convictions for exposing himself in the woods, but claimed that on the night of the attack he was at his mother’s home on Adkins Drive, Southey Green, with his daughter.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the 17-year-old who reported the attack was walking home alone after a party when a man forced her into woods.