LiveDays 1-5: Albion players on trial for sex assault

First published in News
Last updated
by , Chief reporter

This live event has finished

Summary

  • Four footballers are in the dock at the Old Bailey accused of sexual assault and voyeurism at a Brighton hotel.
  • Anton Rodgers, 19, and George Barker, 21, both of Highview Avenue North, Brighton, Lewis Dunk, 21, of Woodbourne Avenue, Brighton, and Steve Cook, 21, of Perth Road, St Leonards, deny sex assault and voyeurism.
  • The victim yesterday broke down in the witness box, shouting that the players had "taunted" her.
  • On Wednesday defence council accused the victim of being 'swept up in a roller coaster of lies' and having a keen interest in footballers.
  • Defence council also argued one of the players pictured exposing himself to the victim was 'just larking about'.
  • On Tuesday, the court was told the four footballers took advantage of the unconscious young woman after the first game at the Amex stadium.
  • Richard Barton prosecuting said they were "arrogant young men"
  • On Monday the jury was sworn in.
  • The trial continues.

3:54pm

The jury has now been sent home for the weekend and the case had been adjourned until Monday morning.

Theargus.co.uk will continue to follow the trial live next week.

3:53pm

Sonia Woodley, representing Steve Cook had no questions for Mr Sampayo.

 

3:44pm

Mr O'Neill showed Ben Sampayo the photo showing George Barker giving a thumbs up over the victim's body with the initials GB sprayed in shaving foam on her thigh.
Mr O'Neill said: “That didn't wake you up?
“You have no recollection of Leon Redwood coming in the room that night?
Mr Sampayo: “No sir”

Mr O'Neill: “It seems to me you are a pretty heavy sleeper.
“When someone woke you from your deep sleep, you must have been pretty drowsy.
“You couldn't really make out what was on the phone and you can't remember clearly.”

3:39pm

“The person who woke you up and showed you photos on a phone was not Lewis Dunk was it? “

Brian O'Neill, defending Lewis Dunk

3:38pm

Ben Sampayo earlier told the court he had woken twice during the night of July16-17, 2011.
On one occasion he was shown graphic photos of his team mates. On the second occasion he saw his team mates and the victim all asleep.


Mr O'Neill said: “Waking in the middle of the night and seeing people sleeping, was that before or after one of your mates woke you up and showed you something on a phone?”
Mr Sampayo: “I think it was after but I don't remember.”
Mr O'Neill: “So it might have been before but you don't remember?”
Mr Sampayo: “Yes sir”.
Mr O'Neill: “The person who woke you up and showed you photos on a phone was not Lewis Dunk was it? “
Mr Sampayo: “I don't know sir, I can't remember.”
Mr O'Neill: “Do you remember the phone you were shown?”
Mr Sampayo: “No”.
Mr O'Neill: “Can you remember the make or model? Or the colour or shape?
Mr Sampayo: “No”,
Mr O'Neill: “Do you remember how many photos you were shown?
“One or two? Three or Four”.
Mr Sampayo: “I can't remember.”

3:32pm

Brian O'Neill representing Lewis Dunk said: “At that time you didn't know Lewis Dunk at all well.
“He had moved up to the first team.
“He wasn't someone you would classify a friend or a mate.”
The witness agreed.

3:23pm

Mr Lodder: “Your feeling was they were just being stupid.
“You didn't see any photographs in the weeks that followed? Nothing was sent to you  or brought up in the weeks that followed?
“No,” replied Mr Sampayo.

3:13pm

Mr Lodder said: “When you woke up the sound you heard including [the victim] giggling.”
Mr Sampayo replied: “I can't remember sir.”

3:11pm

Mr Lodder: “When you got back to your room Anton Rodgers and George Barker were already in the room, in the double bed together.”
Mr Sampayo: “I can't remember sir."
Mr Lodder: “Can you agree that you are not sure if they came back to the hotel with you?
Mr Sampayo: “I'm not sure.”
Mr Lodder: “But you're not disagreeing with what I'm saying? "Your position is that you can't recollect.”

3:02pm

Mr Lodder: “Do you recall that that night [July 16, 2011] Leon Redwood was expecting a girl in his room so George Barker was going to stay in your's?"

Mr Sampayo: “I can't remember.”

2:59pm

"Anton Rodgers is not the sort of person who leads things, but the type of person who may join in"

Peter Lodder defending Anton Rodgers

2:57pm

Peter Lodder defending Anton Rodgers said: “You have known Anton Rodgers a few years.
“Would you accept Anton Rodgers is a softly spoken chap, the sort of person who keeps himself to himself?
“Not the sort of person who leads things, but the type of person who may join in?
Mr Sampayo agreed.

2:37pm

Mr Cotter said: "I appreciate that you can't remember many things, but I have to suggest to you it wasn't George Barker who showed you the telephone?"

Mr Sampayo replied: "I can't remember sir."

2:37pm

"I appreciate that you can't remember many things, but I have to suggest to you it wasn't George Barker who showed you the telephone?"

Mark Cotter defending George Barker

2:33pm

Mark Cotter for Barker said his client claims he went back to the Jury's Inn slightly earlier than Ben Sampayo, Lewis Dunk, Steve Cook and the victim.

"Do you remember that?" he asked Mr Sampayo.

Mr Sampayo replied: "I can't remember."

 

2:31pm

Mark Cotter, representing George Barker asked Ben Sampayo whether being a professional sportsman he regularly drank alcohol.

Mr Sampayo replied: "No"

"How would you describe you describe you condition [on July 16, 2011]? asked Mr Cotter.

Mr Sampayo said: "I was slightly drunk".

 

12:25pm

The court is currently hearing legal argument which cannot be reported so there will be a temporary lull in The Argus liveblog.

 

12:19pm

"She appeared to be a bit angry and disappointed and upset."

Ben Sampayo

 

12:15pm

Mr Sampayo continued: "When I woke up in the morning [the victim] was in the room. She was awake.

"Anton was also there.
“I said 'what are you doing?'
“She said she felt something had gone on. She said something about photographs.
“She asked me “why did you do that?
“I said 'look it wasn't anything to do with me . I had no part of it. I had been asleep. Take it up with them'."

 

11:49am

Mr Sampayo continued: "I can't really remember but I said in my statement that I think I saw more than one photograph.
"I heard giggling. They were just saying 'look at this'."

He then described the sexual act the team mate  had said they were doing.


 

11:42am

Ben Sampayo said: "I came out of sleep and I could hear talking and giggling. I heard male voices.
“A team mate came up  to my bed.
“I can't remember who.
“It was one of those four.
“But I honestly don't know which.

I could hear giggling. My team mate showed me a photo.

Ben Sampayo

 "I think it was on a phone.
“I can't really remember what it was of.”
He then said he had thought he had seen pictures of exposed genitals.

11:29am

Richard Barton, prosecuting said: “You said your memory was better when you made your statement.
“Is your statement true or is it false?”
Mr Sampayo replied: “It's not false.”
The judge demanded: “Is it true?”
“Yes,” conceded Mr Sampayo.

11:27am

He said: "I think I woke up during the night.
"I can't really remember."

11:25am

He said: "I got undressed and got into bed.

"I can't really remember what the others were doing.

"I didn't see anyone else get into bed.

"I fell asleep within about ten minutes."

11:16am

He said that when they got back to the Jury's in he got undressed and went straight to sleep.

11:10am

He said he had also been drinking and was about a five or six on the same scale and was having no difficulty walking.

 

11:07am

Mr Sampayo said he went back to his room at the Jury's Inn hotel in the early hours of the morning.

Lewis Dunk, Anton Rodgers, Steve Cook and George Barker were there – and the victim.
He said: “When I first saw her was on the way back to the hotel. She was walking ahead of me with some of my teammates.
“She seemed bubbly. On a scale of one to ten of how drunk she was I would say she was about a six or a seven.
“I can't remember if she was walking properly. I don't remember seeing her stumbling.”

10:58am

The judge has implored Ben Sampayo to try to help the jury with his recollections.

10:54am

Mr Sampayo has said he "can't really remember" to all  the questions being asked by Richard Barton for the prosecution.

He has been told to refresh his memory from his statement.

 

10:40am

The judge has queried whether his memory was really better five months later.

Mr Sampayo insists it was.

 

10:39am

Mr Sampayo said that his recollection of the night had improved by the time he gave his statement to the police five months after he was first interviewed.

10:38am

He said he then had to be summonsed to give evidence but did not want to.

He added that he did not want to be in court giving evidence today.

 

10:34am

Mr Sampayo said the first he knew that the police were investigating the events of the night of July 16, 2011, was when he was arrested in January 2012.

He said that after his arrest he was interviewed by the police but later told he faced no action.

 

10:32am

10:29am

Ben Sampayo said he started playing for Brighton at the start of last season, June 2011, and lived at the Jury's Inn.

He said he shared a room with Anton Rodgers.

10:28am

Albion player Ben Sampayo has been sworn in to the witness box

9:52am

The Argus:

Albion defender Ben Sampayo is due to appear in the witness box today.

9:21am

The trial so far

Yesterday, day 4, the court heard:

  • Defence counsel for Steve Cook asked the victim if she had ever met him prior to the alleged offences. She said no.
  • The victim broke down in an emotional outburst in  the witness box saying "they taunted me" and "shouted my name in the street"
  • The friend she was out with on the night of the alleged assault said they drank ten to 15 shots each and shared a bottle of rose wine.
  • The victim's best friend said she had confided in her  saying she had been assaulted by a group of footballers and they had taken photos of her on their phones.  
  • The victim's boss said that when she initially told her she had been sexually assaulted she seemed “upset and shaky". When she later told her that a group of Brighton and Hove Albion players had been involved she was "angry and upset.”
  • The general manager of the Jury's Inn said their CCTV footage was "irrevocably removed" after 90 days so there was no footage of the night in question.

 

Day 3

• Defence counsel for George Barker accused the victim of being "swept up in a roller coaster of lies"
•Defence for Anton Rodgers accepted he was pictured exposing himself to the victim in one photograph, but called their actions "just larking about".
• Defence for Lewis Dunk accused her of "having a keen interest in footballers" and pursuing Leon Redwood, Roland Bergkamp and another Brighton and Hove Albion player around that time.
•The victim broke down in tears at being shown a picture of George Barker giving a thumbs up over her partially naked body.
•She said: "They know what they have done."

Day 2:

  •  Opening the case Richard Barton prosecuting said the four professional footballers had "deliberately humiliated the 19 year old woman for their own sexual gratification."
  • He described Anton Rodgers, George Barker, Lewis Dunk and Steve Cook as "arrogant young men labouring under the misguided belief that by reason of their privileged position they could with impunity take advantage of a young woman in this way"
  • The victim said: "At first I saw pictures of a girl with blonde hair. Then I realised it was me.
  • “I looked at about ten of them but there were more.
  • “I felt ashamed and embarrassed.
  • “I couldn't believe it had happened."
  • She wiped tears from her face as she described the graphic content of the explicit pictures of herself she found on Anton Rodgers' phone.
  • She said she had no recollection of the night - other than a flashback of George Barker and Lewis Dunk grabbing her ankles - and of Lewis Dunk feeding her a chicken burger in Middle Street.
  • The four players are accused of sexually assaulting her at the Jury's Inn, in Stroudly road Brighton on July 16, 2011.

Day 1:

  • Jury sworn in

 

9:08am

The fifth day of the trial against three Brighton and Hove Albion players and a former team mate is due to begin at the Old Bailey 10.15am.

Anton Rodgers, 19, George Barker, Lewis Dunk and former Seagull Steve Cook, all 21, deny sexual assault and voyeurism.

Follow our live coverage of today's proceedings here.

 

6:07pm

The jury has now been sent home for the day.

The trial will resume at 10.15am tomorrow.

To recap the forth day of evidence, the court heard:

  •  Breaking down in the witness box the victim said: "They were taunting me. They were shouting my name in the street."
  • Her best friend said she had confided in her that she had been assaulted by a group of footballers but feared "what everyone would think of her".
  • A friend who spent the evening before the alleged assault with the victim said they had drunk about ten to 15 shots and shared a bottle of rose wine. But said that she was not drunk and was walking and talking fine when they parted.
  •  The victim's boss said that when she told her she had been sexually assaulted on the Monday after the incident she “looked like someone who had been through something bad in their life."
  • General manager of the Jury's Inn Damian Doyle said that room 431 where the offences are alleged to have taken place was registered to Anton Rodgers on Brighton and Hove Albion's account.
  • Detective Constable Brad Lezinsky said the police had conducted an "intensive" but "fruitless" investigation into the victim's initial false claim of sexual assault. But he said she came to John Street police station in January to tell him she was "sorry" and wanted to tell the truth.

For more see tomorrow's Argus.

Theargus.co.uk will continue to cover the case live tomorrow morning.

 

5:05pm

The Argus: Jury's Inn, Brighton

The Jury's Inn in the New England Quarter of Brighton, where the alleged assault took place.

4:45pm

She added: "Since then we have spoken about it quite a lot.

"She is always asking 'why would they do something like that?'

"She keeps saying she can't understand why anyone would do that to someone."

 

4:41pm

The friend told the court that she had been scared to report the footballers to the police for  fear of “what people would think of her.”

"I was just asking if she was alright. I tried to reassure her and said she should go to the police. She said she didn't want to go to the police because of what everyone would think of her. She said she just wanted to move past it and forget it."

The best friend

4:33pm

The best friend continued: “She said she she went out with a friend and bumped into some footballers.
“She said she remembered footballers taking her to a hotel and waking up the next morning.
“She said she felt awful and that something was not right.
“She said she remembered her bra being taken off and they had their phones out taking pictures.
"She didn't give me their names, just said those guys, she said they were footballers.
“She was in bits.
“I didn't want to ask her any more because I didn't want to upset her.”

4:26pm

She said she had confided in her on a train to London during the summer of 2011.

She said: “I knew something was wrong. I could see tears in her eyes.
“She's the type of person who was constantly happy who always has a smile on her face. This time she didn't so I knew something was wrong."


 

4:24pm

The victim's best friend - who cannot be named in case it leads to the identifictaion of the victim -  was sworn in to the witness box.

4:14pm

But the police officer added that no one had been arrested.

 

4:13pm

Under cross examination by Brian O'Neill defending Dunk the detective listed everything they had done as part of the wasted police investigation.

He said they had

  • conducted a question and answer session with the victim
  • taken her on a drive by of the area where she had claimed to have been assaulted
  • walked the route on foot to see if there was any CCTV
  • conducted a more through interview with the victim lasting more than an hour
  • spoke to forensic experts about whether any evidence could be collected from the clothes she said she was wearing that night.

4:08pm

Detective Lezinsky said: "We had undertaken a quite intensive investigation that had proved fruitless."

4:06pm

Det Con Lezinsky was the officer in charge of the initial false report made to the police in July 2011.

He said that on January 13, 2012, the victim had come in to John Street police station saying she wanted to change her statement.

He said: "She said she was very sorry but she had lied to me and now wanted to tell the truth about what had happened."

 

4:03pm

Detective Constable Brad Lezinsky of Sussex Police took to the stand.

 

3:55pm

Brian O'Neill representing Dunk asked about the hotel's CCTV system.

Mr Doyle explained that the Jury's Inn has a CCTV system that monitors and records.

But said that the footage was only kept for 90 days.

"After that three month period the footage is irrevocably removed," he said.

 

3:47pm

He said that after hearing about the incident involving Brighton and Hove Albion players he was "shocked and surprised".

He said he'd had to notify his head office.

He said: "We would have taken the same action if it had been an incident regarding any clients."

 

3:44pm

Mr Doyle told the court that the hotel had a rolling contract with Brighton and Hove Albion football club.
He said room 431 had been registered to A Rodgers on July 16, 2011.
He added that it was not unusual for footballer to stay in each others rooms and the hotel would have no way of knowing.

3:43pm

The general manager of the Jury's Inn Damian Doyle has been sworn in.
Rodgers, Barker, Dunk and Cook are alleged to assaulted the girl in room 431 at the hotel on July 16, 2011, after a night out celebrating Albion's victory in the Sussex Senior Cup - the first match at the Amex stadium.

 

 

3:22pm

She said: “I wouldn't say she was a good actress.
“She looked really genuinely upset.
“You couldn't look that upset unless something really bad had happened to you.”

3:21pm

Mr Lodder defending Rodgers said: “You said you were shocked by what she said because you had believed her first account. You told the police you had believed her.
“You said in your statement to the police it would have been difficult for her to have told you that unless she was a very good actress.”

3:12pm

The boss said that in January 2012, the victim came to her again and said that the men involved in the attack had been Albion players.
She said: “She [the victim] seemed to be nervous.
“She said 'what I told you happened in July wasn't entirely true'.
“She said it was footballers.
“I was really shocked by what she told me.
I told her to tell the police because clearly they were looking for someone who didn't look like her descriptions.
“She mentioned a few names of the Albion players, but I don't remember which. I know she mentioned Anton Rodgers, but I don't remember which others.”
“It was a different kind of upset to the first time.
“The first time she seemed really upset and shaky.
“This time she seemed really angry and upset.”

3:01pm

The victim's boss was sworn in.
She was the first person the 19 year old told about the incident.
She went to see her on the Monday afterwards to explain why she hadn't been at work on the Sunday and said she had been sexually assaulted -but did not say that Brighton and Hove Albion players had been involved.
Her boss told the court: “She looked like someone who had been through something bad in their life.
“She always took great care of her appearance. She looked like she hadn't put fresh makeup on.
“That was very unusual for her.
“She normally  was very happy and friendly and bubbly.
“I said she should notify the police. She kept saying she didn't want to and didn't want anyone to know.”

11:50am

Due to legal issues there will be a lull in the live blog.

11:49am

Brian O'Neil, defence for Lewis Dunk continued the cross-examination: "Your recollection is you drank about 10 to 15 shots each and shared a bottle of wine?"

Friend of the victim: "Yes."

11:47am

Mark Cotter defence solicitor for George Barker asked: "Do you remember someone called Leon she mentioned that evening"

The woman responded: "Yes."

He continued: "Did you understand what the relationship between her and Leon was?"

She replied: "No."

11:31am

Coalition night club is in Kings Road arches in Brighton.

11:29am

She said they then went to Coalition.
She said: "I left her outside Coalition, at around midnight.
"She was with two blokes she knew who we had met in there. "She was dancing and having fun.
"She was kissing one of them, on the lips."

The friend said she was not very drunk – about a five on a scale of one to ten.
When she left the victim she seemed fine – no very drunk.
She said: “I wouldn't have left her in a state.
“She was walking and talking fine.
“If I thought she was drunk I would have taken her in a taxi and made sure she got home safe.”

11:25am

Lola Lo and Madame Geisha are adjacent businesses in East Street, Brighton.

11:19am

The friend of the victim who was out with her on the night she met the Albion players at Lola Lo in East Street has been sworn in the the witness box.

"We were good friends, not best friends" she said.

"We would see each other once in a while, two to three times a month.

"We went to Madam Geisha. I think we drank a bottle of rose wine."

10:56am

The victim broke down in tears in the witness box.

In an emotional out burst she said:

“You don't understand how scared I was. “They were taunting me. "They were shouting my name in the street."

The victim

"And I had no idea what had happened. I was so scared.
“You can stand their and try protecting you client but he knows what he has done.
“I didn't want to say who they were because I was so scared.

“I was adamant I didn't want t go to the police.
“I was terrified of what would happen. So I made up stupid lies and they spiraled out of control.”

10:41am

Ms Woodley said: "You said in evidence that when you woke up you felt something had happened and decided to look through Anton Rodgers' phone.

"That's not what you said to the police in January when you were trying to tell the truth.

 "You said you were  being nosy."

She replied: "Maybe I did say I was curious but I knew something bad had happened."

10:36am

Sonia Woodley, defending Steve Cook, said: "Had you seen Steve Cook before that day?

"Had you seen him in the clubs and bars that day?"

The victim said no.

"So the first time you saw Steve Cook in person was when he came into the room that morning to collect something.

"He came in really quickly and your recollection is he grabbed something."

 

10:25am

The Argus: Clockwise from top left: Steve Cook, George Baker, Anton Rodgers and Lewis Dunk

Clockwise from top left: Steve Cook, George Baker, Anton Rodgers and Lewis Dunk

9:30am

The trial of Brighton and Hove Albion players Anton Rodgers, 19, George Barker, Lewis Dunk and former Seagull Steve Cook, all 21, is due to resume at 10.15am.

The jury is expected to hear the victim cross examined by defence counsel for Cook.

All four players deny sexual assault and voyeurism.

Follow today's proceedings with The Argus liveblog.

 

9:25am

The trial so far

On Wednesday the court heard:

  •  Defence counsel for George Barker accused the victim of being "swept up in a roller coaster of lies"
  • Defence for Anton Rodgers accepted he was pictured exposing himself to the victim in one photograph, but called their actions "just larking about".
  •  Defence for Lewis Dunk accused her of "having a keen interest in footballers" and pursuing Leon Redwood, Roland Bergkamp and another Brighton and Hove Albion player around that time.
  • The victim broke down in tears at being shown a picture of George Barker giving a thumbs up over her partially naked body.
  • She said: "They know what they have done."

On Tuesday the court heard:

  •  Opening the case Richard Barton prosecuting said the four professional footballers had "deliberately humiliated the 19 year old woman for their own sexual gratification."
  • He described Anton Rodgers, George Barker, Lewis Dunk and Steve Cook as "arrogant young men labouring under the misguided belief that by reason of their privileged position they could with impunity take advantage of a young woman in this way"
  • The victim said: "At first I saw pictures of a girl with blonde hair. Then I realised it was me.
    “I looked at about ten of them but there were more.
    “I felt ashamed and embarrassed.
    “I couldn't believe it had happened."
  • She wiped tears from her face as she described the graphic content of the explicit pictures of herself she found on Anton Rodgers' phone.
  • She said she had no recollection of the night - other than a flashback of George Barker and Lewis Dunk grabbing her ankles - and of Lewis Dunk feeding her a chicken burger in Middle Street.
  • The four players are accused of sexually assaulting her at the Jury's Inn, in Stroudley Road Brighton on July 16, 2011.

 

On Monday the jury at the Old Bailey was sworn in.

4:59pm

The jury has now been sent home for the day.

The victim will continued to be cross examined by Steve Cook's legal team tomorrow morning.

For the full story from today's proceedings see tomorrow's Argus.

Theargus.co.uk will continue to report live from the Old Bailey tomorrow.

 

4:57pm

Brian O'Neill QC , defending Lewis Dunk, said:

"At that time you had a keen interest in footballers. You pursued Roland Bergkamp, positively chased after Leon Redwood. At one time you were in bed with Leon Redwood and you were in a relationship with [another Albion player]. “You were seeking relationships with at least three Brighton and Hove Albion footballers.”

Brian O'Neill QC

4:51pm

Mr Lodder added: "I'm saying there was an appreciable time you were awake that evening.

"What I suggest to you is that when you saw the photographs you started to have second thoughts about what you had joined in with the night before, which was just larking about."

4:47pm

Mr Lodder said:

"There was only one photo of Anton Rodgers exposed and that photograph did not involve any physical contact with you. "

Peter Lodder QC

3:01pm

Mr Lodder said: "Your objective on July 16 was to meet Leon Rodgers.

"Was it something you were proud of that he was going to come back and join you and your friends?"

 

2:47pm

Peter Lodder QC representing Anton Rodgers told the court that the victim had also lied to the police about where she lived.

He said: "You certainly were not living with [your ex-boyfriend] at that time."

She replied: "No. It was because I didn't want the police to keep asking questions about what happened."

2:43pm

Mr Cotter said:

You swept yourself up in a roller coaster of lies. I suggest you are a prolific liar.

Mark Cotter

She replied: “You can suggest that but they know what they did.”

1:19pm

He told the jury that she had dated another Albion player - who cannot be named for legal reasons  - later that year.

He said their relationship had broken down after she had kissed fellow Seagull Leon Redwood.

1:18pm

Mr Cotter said she had told the police "a pack of lies".

1:17pm

Asked why she had not tried to delete the photos from Anton Rodgers' phone when she first saw them she said: "I really wish I had  taken that phone and run out of the room."

 

12:08pm

The victim broke down in tears at being shown a photograph of George Barker with his thumbs up and his initials written in shaving foam on her body.

She cried: "I haven't seen that one before.

"But I did see another one like that with my underwear pulled up."

 

 

11:49am

Mr Cotter said: "You were hoping weren't you there was going to be something of a romantic evening with Leon [Redwood]?

"He was someone you had exchanged phone numbers with and exchanged texts with and there he was dancing with another girl.

"You were put out by the fact that Leon was dancing with this girl and that in response to that you decided to snuggle up to Roland Bergkamp  and that caused something of an incident. "

She replied: "Not at all. It was just like an air kiss. I was just saying 'hi'.

"I was just hoping Leon and I would be good friends."

11:14am

Mark Cotter defending George Barker asked the victim about breaking up with her boyfriend shortly before July 16, 2011 and whether she had been excited about swapping phone numbers with Albion player Leon Redwood prior to the night in question.

Mr Barker said: "Weren't you excited about meeting footballers?

"Did you say anything romantic was happening, or might you have given your friend that impression?"

The victim replied "no".

 

9:58am

The trial of four footballers accused of sex assault and voyeurism is about to resume for the third day.

The victim is due to take to the stand to face cross examination for the defence.

 

 

5:52pm

The jury has been sent home for the evening.

The victim will be cross examined by each of the defendants' barristers tomorrow.

For the full story from today's court proceedings and more details of the victim's account of what happened to her, see tomorrow's Argus.

Theargus.co.uk will continue to follow the case live tomorrow morning.

 

5:50pm

The victim fought back tears as she described the pictures she had seen on Anton Rodgers' mobile phone.

Reliving waking up in a room at the Jury's Inn on Saturday July 17, 2011, she said: “My dress was pulled up. I felt insecure.
“My phone battery was dead so I asked Anton to use his.
“I looked through his pictures.
“I felt like something may have happened that night and I didn't know what.
“He hadn't given me permission.
"At first I saw pictures of a girl with blonde hair. Then I realised it was me.
“I looked at about ten of them but there were more.
“I felt ashamed and embarrassed.
“I couldn't believe it had happened."

 

2:53pm

She said she also had a hazy recollection of George Barker and Lewis Dunk grabbing her ankles.

She said other people were there and she could hear them laughing.

 

2:49pm

She said that since then she has remembered walking along Middle Street eating a chicken burger with Lewis Dunk. She said he had his arm around her.

But she said the memory was not very clear.

2:47pm

She said her last recollection was dancing in the club at about 12.40.

The next thing she remembers was waking up in the hotel room the following morning.

 

2:45pm

The victim was on a night out with a friend on Saturday July 16, 2011.

She said they started at the Oxygen bar, on West Street, Brighton.

They then went to Madam Geisha's at about 10pm where she saw some Brighton and Hove Albion players, including Lewis Dunk.

They then went to the Coalition nightclub. She left her friend and walked along the seafront to Lola Lo where she saw Albion player Leon Redwood.   

She also saw George Barker and Anton Rodgers in the club.

 

2:15pm

The victim - who was 19 at the time of the alleged offences - and is now 21 has taken to the witness box and been sworn in.

 

12:54pm

Mr Barton showed the jury a picture found on George Barker's phone showing the victim with the initials GB sprayed on her thigh in shaving foam.

Barker could be seen in the background grinning and giving a thumbs up.

Mr Barton said: "These were the actions of a group of arrogant young men labouring under the misguided belief that by reason of their privileged position they could with impunity take advantage of a young woman in this way, because even if she realised what they had done to her, she would not dare report it."

Richard Barton, prosecuting

12:50pm

When she went back to the police the victim described the photographs she had seen of herself - which showed her in various states of undress, putting their genitals near her sleeping body and performing sex acts next to her.

 

12:46pm

Barker, Rodgers and Dunk were arrested in the early hours of Thursday January 19, 2012, as they arrived back at the Amex stadium from an away match.

Cook who had by that time moved clubs to Bournemouth was arrested later that same morning at a sports centre in Dorset.

 

12:40pm

Mr Barton said: "These defendants would have got away with their criminal misconduct had it not been for the equally dismal misconduct of a fellow Albion player.

"Those photos and video were being passed amongst players and staff at the club.

"He said he would take them and put them on the internet so everyone could see them.

"Presumably he said this out of spite to her. He knew it would be desperately hurtful towards her. "

12:30pm

The victim initially told the police she had been assaulted by a group of strangers - but did not identify her attackers or say that they were Brighton and Hove Albion players, the court was told.

12:21pm

Mr Barton said that the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been on a night out in Brighton on July 16.

The next morning she woke in a hotel room at the Jury's Inn, in Stroudley Street, Brighton with Anton Rodgers on the bed next to her.

The court was told she borrowed Rodger's phone to call her sister, only to find a series of pictures showing herself unconscious whilst the four footballers sexually assaulted her.

Mr Barton said she woke Rodgers and demanded an explanation, but he said "it's nothing to do with you" and told her off for going through his phone.

 

11:51am

The  court was told that the alleged events took place on Saturday July 16, 2011, the date that the first official match was played at the new ground. The final of the Sussex Senior Cup.

11:44am

Four young professional footballers took advantage of a young woman as they celebrated a cup final victory, a court was told.

Richard Barton, prosecuting opened the case at the Old Bailey telling the jury that Brighton and Hove Albion players Anton Rodgers, Lewis Dunk, and George Barker and former team mate Steve Cook who now plays for AFC Bournemouth "deliberately humiliated the then 19 year old woman for their own sexual gratification.

Mr Barton told the court: "This case concerns how a group of young professional footballers, intoxicated after a night out together celebrating a cup final victory, took advantage of a young woman, who by her own level of intoxication was obviously in a vulnerable condition.

"After taking her back to a hotel room they waited until she had fallen asleep, and so was unable to resist, and then sexually assaulted her in a deliberately humiliating way.

"And they compounded that humiliation by taking photographs of themselves doing so in order to have a permanent record of their conquets.

"These were the actions of a group of arrogant young men labouring under the misguided belief that by reason of their privileged position they could with impunitytake advantage of a young woman in this way, because even if she realised what they had done to her she would not dare report it. "

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree