Days 6-10: Albion players on trial for sex assault

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  • Four footballers are in the dock at the Old Bailey accused of sexual assault and voyeurism at a Brighton hotel.
  • Anton Rodgers, 19, George Barker, 21, and Lewis Dunk, 21, from Brighton, and Steve Cook, 21, from St Leonards, deny sex assault and voyeurism.
  • Yesterday defence barristers gave their closing statements with each of them saying the woman's evidence was unreliable.
  • Judge Charles Wide gave instructions to the jury, telling them to make a 'cool, dispassionate analysis of the evidence'.
  • On Wednesday, Lewis Dunk said he was in the room but did not see or hear anything because he was on the phone to a cheerleader.
  • Anton Rodgers said in his defence that he had exposed himself and taken pictures but it was just "boy banter".
  • On Monday, George Barker, said he had exposed himself, posed for a picture and seen four photos on Anton Rodgers' phone.
  • On Friday Albion player Ben Sampayo told the Old Bailey how he had seen his colleagues 'giggling' while looking at pictures of the incident
  • On Thursday the victim broke down in the witness box, shouting that the players had "taunted" her.
  • On Wednesday the victim was accused of being a "prolific liar" who had sought relationships with footballers.
  • Last Tuesday, the court was told the four footballers were a group of "arrogant young men" who took advantage of the unconscious young woman after the first game at the Amex stadium.
  • The trial began with the jury being sworn in last Monday.
  • The trial continues.

1:11pm

Judge Wide asks the jury to retire to consider its verdict.

He tells jurors to reach a unanimous verdict, and not to feel under any time pressure to reach a decision.

The court usher swears the jury bailiff's oath, and leads them to their room through a door in the wall behind the judge's bench.

12:49pm

Finally, Judge Wide reached Cook's evidence. He reminds the jury that he denied exposing himself and said he didn't see who took photographs.

12:39pm

Judge Wide reminds the jury that another Brighton player, Leon Redwood, said it was he who sprayed 'GB' on the alleged victim's leg in shaving foam while she was unconscious.

12:37pm

The jury is reminded that Lewis Dunk denied encouraging anybody to pose for or to take photos, and said he was on the phone at the time - though he did see Barker's initials sprayed on the alleged victim's leg.

12:37pm

Judge Wide reminds the jury that Rodgers had changed his story in the witness box when asked when he had deleted the photos from his phone.

12:20pm

Judge Wide reminds the jury of Rodgers's evidence, that the alleged victim had been awake and giggling, that Steve Cook was 'instigating' what happened, that Cook had exposed himself and that he and Cook took the photographs. He said the exposure was not sexual.

12:15pm

Judge Wide goes through Barker's evidence, that the alleged victim had climbed into bed between himself and Rodgers, and kissed them both before falling asleep.

Barker said he had exposed himself for a photograph to entertain the other defendants, after Rodgers had done the same - but he denied doing so for sexual gratification and denied having bodily contact with the alleged victim.

12:02pm

Judge Wide says the fact none of the defendants has a criminal record could give credibility to their accounts and may mean they are less likely to commit crime.

11:29am

Judge Wide says they must 'draw no inference' about the silence of Lewis Dunk and Steve Cook in police  interviews because they did answer police questions at some point.

11:27am

He gives similar advice about their consideration of Rodgers's refusal to answer questions when interviewed by police.

Rodgers said he was only following legal advice.

The judge says they must consider whether that was a 'convenient shield to hide behind' or a reasonable position to have taken.

11:22am

Judge Wide tells the jury they must consider the credibility of George Barker's evidence because in his first two police interviews he did not admit to photographs being taken of himself and Rodgers exposing themselves next to the woman.

Was he only mentioning at the start  what he knew the police would find?

11:00am

Judge Wide reaches Ben Sampayo's evidence, in which he describes seeing a photograph in which more than one person exposed themselves, which the alleged victim herself did not say she had seen.

He says: 'That is an important point for you to consider.

'She says she only saw the minority of the photographs of the defendants.'

10:51am

Judge Wide mimics the 'double thumbs-up' pose the alleged victim said she saw George Barker adopting in the pictures.

10:44am

Reaching the point in the alleged victim's evidence where she recalled discovering photographs on Anton Rodgers's phone, Judge Wide tells the jurors: 'You may thing this is a very important part of the case.

'Whatever you make of it, this is the evidence on which the Crown centrally relies.'

10:43am

10:42am

10:41am

Judge reminds the jury that, except for flashbacks, the alleged victim said the last thing she remembered before waking up in the hotel room was dancing with Roland Bergkamp at the Lola Lo nightclub in Brighton at 12.40am on Sunday, July 17.

10:24am

After some opening remarks, Judge Wide is summarising the evidence of the alleged victim, who was then 19 and is now 21

9:42am

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

9:41am

Yesterday afternoon, Judge Wide took the jury through the tests they must apply to determine the guilt of each defendant on the two counts.

They were given printed sheets explaining the process, and he read aloud from it, asking them to consider:

'Are you sure one or more of the defendants deliberately touched [the alleged victim] and the touching was sexual?

'Touching is sexual if a reasonable person would consider it was sexual, either because it was sexual by its very nature, or it may be sexual and, having regard to the circumstances [and] the purpose of the person doing the touching, it was sexual.

AND
that the [alleged victim] did not consent to being touched AND the defendant who touched her did not reasonably believe that she was consenting.'

He said: 'Mere presence . . . would be enough if by his presence the defendant deliberately encouraged another to touch [the alleged victim] sexually.'

On the voyeurism charge - relating to the taking of mobile phone photographs - he tells the jurors they must be sure the defendant acted 'with the purpose that he or somebody else would look at the image for the purpose of sexual gratification'.

9:40am

The tenth day of the trial of four footballers accused of sexual assault and voyeurism is due to begin at 10.15am.

Judge Charles Wide is due to sum up the evidence for the jury this morning

Follow the latest developments live here again throughout the day.

The trial so far:

The trial began on Monday January 21.

Day 2 - Tuesday January 22:

  • Opening the case for the prosecution Richard Barton 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 gave evidence saying“I felt ashamed and embarrassed
  • “I couldn't believe it had happened."
  • 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.

Day 3 - Wednesday:

  • The victim faced cross examination by each of the defendants' legal teams.
  • 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.

Day 4 - Thursday:

  • The victim broke down in an emotional outburst in  the witness box saying "they taunted me" and "shouted my name in the street"
  •  A friend she was out with on the evening before 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 but had feared what people would think of her.
  • The general manager of the Jury's Inn said their CCTV footage was "irrevocably removed"

Day 5- Friday:

  • Albion player Ben Sampayo reluctantly gave evidence for the prosecution.
  • He said his team mates woke him up "giggling" to show him a photo of themselves exposed with the young woman.

Day 6 - Monday:

  •  George Barker's defence case began
  •  Barker  said he exposed himself to copy Anton Rodgers and  "make the boys laugh"

Day 7 - Tuesday:

  •  Anton Rodgers's defence case was heard.
  •  He said he exposed himself and took pictures, but it was just "boy banter".
  •  Lewis Dunk's defence case began
  • Dunk said he had been on the phone for 35 minutes during the time the pictures were taken.
  • He said his team-mates' behaviour was "stupid"
  •  He said he had not participated in or seen or heard any pictures taken

Day 8 - Wednesday:

  •  Leon Redwood confirmed he sprayed shaving foam on the victim's leg. Describing her as 'asleep but not asleep'.
  •  He described the incident as 'harmless fun'.
  •  Mr Redwood confirmed the victim asked him to delete photographs of the incident.
  •  Counsel Richard Barton summed up the prosecution's case.
  •  He told the jury: 'This was a young woman who was asleep and not able to consent to what happened to her . . .
  •  Defendant Steve Cook told the court he saw Anton Rogers expose himself but could not remember who the other individual was.
  • He described the incident as a 'juvinile prank'
  •  'You have heard about a litany of dismal conduct on behalf of these young men and their fellow footballers.”

Day 9 – Thursday

  • Each defendant's counsel gave their closing speech.
  • They all challenged the credibility of the alleged victim's evidence.
  • Peter Lodder QC, defending Rodgers, told the jury: 'This is a court of law, it is not a court of morals.'

4:28pm

Judge Wide adjourned the case until 10am tomorrow

4:15pm

He also tells them not to consider what will happen to the defendants or the alleged victim when reaching a verdict.

He says: 'You must put the consequences of your decisions out of your mind completely.'

4:07pm

Judge Wide tells them to make a 'cool, dispassionate analysis of the evidence'.

He says: 'Cases like this stir feelings of sympathy or disapproval.

'Put such feelings completely from your mind.'

4:00pm

That concludes the counsels' cases.

The judge says he will speak to the jury 4pm for 15 minutes before adjourning and summing up the case tomorrow.

3:51pm

Miss Woodley says the evidence of the alleged victim and of Anton Rodgers about Cook's involvement in the incident is discredited.

She says: 'Essentially this case as you have been told rests almost entirely on the word of [the alleged victim] . . . This is a girl who will resort to saying anything to suit the situation she finds herself in.'

She suggests Rodgers may have mentioned Cook was involved because he held a 'grudge' against him for describing Rodgers' behaviour to the police.

3:20pm

A break now.

When the jury returns, Sonia Woodley QC will make her closing speech in defence of Cook.

3:01pm

Mr O'Neill says Dunk had never changed his story.

He says: 'We saw him standing there in the most famous courtroom, in the most famous court in the world.

'Throughout [cross-examination] he has stood by every word of his account.

'He has been a model of consistency.'

2:49pm

Brian O'Neill QC, defending Dunk, tells the jury there is no evidence against his client except the word of the alleged victim.

He says during the time of the alleged crime, Lewis Dunk was on the phone.

He says: 'It all comes down to her and her evidence is seriously flawed.

'What George Barker and Anton Rodgers got up to in that room that night has nothing to do with Lewis Dunk.'

2:42pm

Mr Lodder has resumed, telling the jury to question whether the alleged victim really was uninvolved in what went on.

He says: 'You will have to think whether there is something here of the memory of the night before which one retrospectively regrets - happy to do it at the time; not so happy to cast your mind back to it in the cold light of day.'

He says the jury cannot rely on her evidence, telling them: 'If you analyse it carefully, without emotion, you cannot be sure.

'Analysed carefully and properly, Anton Rodgers was not guilty.'

1:55pm

The layout:
Court One of the Central Criminal Court, or Old Bailey, is a forbidding room, as one might expect.

Its dark brown wood panelling provides gravity and a sense of intimacy, but a high domed ceiling of opaque windows gives a feeling of scale.

Judge Charles Wide, in a black robe, sits on an elevated gallery on the far wall looking out and down on the rest of the court.

He directly faces the dock, where from his left to right Barker, Rodgers, Dunk and Cook are sitting, all wearing suits.

The large wooden dock - which is perhaps fifteen feet wide and eight feet deep - is open, rather than secure, so they do not stare from behind reinforced panes, as in many courts.

To the judge's right sits the jury of seven women and five men, in two ranks with the wall behind them.

To his left, sit the barristers, with their legal workers and police officers behind them.

This means the counsel face the jury directly across the room as they deliver their speeches, with the defendants on their left.

Above the barristers, overlooking the courtroom, is the public gallery, with about half a dozen people apparently unconnected to the case, sitting in ones and twos.

There is, however, no single vantage point from which the whole courtroom can be seen.

Behind the dock, there are five rows of benches forming a second gallery.

Here sit the supporters of the defendants, including Brendan Rodgers - manager of Liverpool FC and father of Anton - who has listened keenly throughout Mr Lodder's speech on his son's behalf.

And between the jury and the exit, their view of the counsel largely obscured by the dock, sit the Press.

The seats and benches are all wooden with dark green leather.

The judge does not sit in the very middle seat of his bench, but just to his right of it.

Above the bench is a carved Royal coat of arms.

The ceiling above the judge is an arch, but the main ceiling is circular but not domed.

And the dock - which does on closer inspection hem in its occupants  an eight-inch glass screen (though it would scarcely prevent someone climbing out) - contains also the steps by which convicted defendants are taken down to the cells.

1:14pm

The trial has adjourned for lunch.

1:07pm

Mr Lodder describes Anton Rodgers, saying: 'He has done rather a lot of growing up in the last year.'

1:03pm

Mr Lodder tells the jury they must be satisfied the defendants got sexual gratification from their behaviour on order to convict them of voyeurism.

He says: 'At worst this was humiliating.

'If gratification there be, it was in having a laugh. There was nothing sexual about it.

'This is a court of law, it is not a court of morals.'

12:51pm

Mr Lodder says that when the victim went to the police last January 'by this time she has not been successful in achieving a positive or happy relationship with any of [the footballers she knew]'.

He tells the jury: 'You may think that has a lot to do with her decision finally to go to the police and tell, according to her, the truth.'

12:35pm

Mr Lodder reminds the jury that a witness has described the victim as 'a very good actress'.

He says that a month after the alleged attack she had lied to her employers the day after Pride, saying she could not come to work because her drink had been spiked.

He says: 'She has a tendency to fib.'

12:13pm

Peter Lodder QC, defending Rodgers, tells the jury their job 'is not to decide whether there was unattractive behaviour in that room that night but to decide whether these two serious criminal offences were committed that night.'

11:49am

The defence counsel have begun summarising their case to the jury.

Mark Cotter, for George Barker, said when the victim identified the defendants to police in January last year, 'it had been a six-month period when she had engaged in telling a serious number of lies to different people including to the police'.

9:30am

The ninth day of the trial of four footballers accused of sexual assault and voyeurism is due to begin at 10.15am.

Barristers closing statements will continue today and the judge will sum up the case for the jury.

Follow the latest developments live here again throughout the day.

The trial so far:

The trial began on Monday January 21.

Day 2 - Tuesday January 22:

  • Opening the case for the prosecution Richard Barton 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 gave evidence saying“I felt ashamed and embarrassed
  • “I couldn't believe it had happened."
  • 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.

Day 3 - Wednesday:

  • The victim faced cross examination by each of the defendants' legal teams.
  • 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.

Day 4 - Thursday:

  • The victim broke down in an emotional outburst in  the witness box saying "they taunted me" and "shouted my name in the street"
  • A friend she was out with on the evening before 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 but had feared what people would think of her.
  • The general manager of the Jury's Inn said their CCTV footage was "irrevocably removed"

Day 5- Friday:

  • Albion player Ben Sampayo reluctantly gave evidence for the prosecution.
  • He said his team mates woke him up "giggling" to show him a photo of themselves exposed with the young woman.

Day 6 - Monday:

  • George Barker's defence case began
  • Barker  said he exposed himself to copy Anton Rodgers and  "make the boys laugh"

Day 7 - Tuesday:

  • Anton Rodgers's defence case was heard.
  • He said he exposed himself and took pictures, but it was just "boy banter".
  • Lewis Dunk's defence case began
  • Dunk said he had been on the phone for 35 minutes during the time the pictures were taken.
  • He said his team-mates' behaviour was "stupid"
  • He said he had not participated in or seen or heard any pictures taken

Day 8 - Wednesday:

  • Leon Redwood confirmed he sprayed shaving foam on the victim's leg. Describing her as 'asleep but not asleep'.
  • He described the incident as 'harmless fun'.
  • Mr Redwood confirmed the victim asked him to delete photographs of the incident.
  • Counsel Richard Barton summed up the prosecution's case.
  • He told the jury: 'This was a young woman who was asleep and not able to consent to what happened to her . . . 
  • Defendant Steve Cook told the court he saw Anton Rogers expose himself but could not remember who the other individual was.
  • He described the incident as a 'juvinile prank'
  • 'You have heard about a litany of dismal conduct on behalf of these young men and their fellow footballers.”

4:49pm

The jury has now been sent home for the day.

The case will resume at 10.15am when defence counsel are due to make their closing speeches.

 

4:48pm

"This, in each of their cases, is criminal sexual misconduct"

Richard Barton

4:47pm

He concluded that whilst in the eyes of their aunts these young men were "good lads" that "in drink and celebrating a big cup win the boy  banter and group mentality" brought out a different side to them.

Mr Barton said their behaviour should be considered "criminal sexual misconduct" and that the jury should find them guilty on all charges.

 

4:45pm

He reminded the jury that they had heard about the player who threatened to publish the pictures  and a video on Youtube.
That Ben Sampayo had wished he had joined in

and Leon Rodgers – who claimed to be a friend of the victim – had sprayed shaving foam on her unconscious body and done nothing to ask his room mates about the pictures.

4:43pm

Mr Barton continued: “This is a case about the attitudes of these young men.
“You have heard about a litany of dismal conduct on behalf of these young men and their fellow footballers.”

4:42pm

"This was a young woman who was asleep and not able to consent to what happened to her."

Richard Barton

4:42pm

Mr Barton said that none of the evidence the jury had heard suggested the victim was “roaring drunk, stumbling of slurring his words.”

“At the time you are concerned with when these photos were taken she was asleep.
“The only one who has suggested she wasn't was Anton Rodgers who says she might have been half and half.
“”Everyone else says she was asleep and the photo you have seen shows this was a woman who was asleep at the time of these offences.
“This was a young woman who was asleep and not able to consent to what happened to her."

4:41pm

He continued: "Whatever you have heard about her personal life the one thing we know she is not a kiss and tell merchant.
“If she had wanted to to sell her story, to tell everyone about her night of passion in room 431she could have done that then and there.
“We know she complained about the footballers to her friend.
“We know also she complained to Leon Redwood and you heard his relluctance  to say yes she was upset.
“It is an interesting insight into the mindset of the young men at this football club that he did not ask his room mates what had gone on.
“She found herself in an impossible position, she went to the police and faced all of this or she faced the prospect of these photos going on Youtube for everyone to see.
“If these were just silly joking photos that didn't involved humiliation and sexual gratification and elicit acts with her, would she have changed her mind and gone to the police and changed her story?
“She was forced by that other dismal young man. It was humiliation compounded on humiliation.”

4:41pm

Richard Barton in his closing speech said that the fact that the victim intially lied strengthened the argument against her being a “wannabe wag.”
He said the case revolved around a young woman backed into a corner for fear that the “arrogant young men” of Brighton and Hove Albion would humiliate her further.

He said: “She didn't feel ready. She didn't feel strong enough to cope with telling that story.
“And to be  be cross examined uphill and down dale about the minutiae of her life you might feel it is understandable that she felt reluctant to tell on those four footballers.

3:18pm

All the evidence is concluded now.

Prosecutor Richard Barton is making his closing speech.

2:51pm

The judge asked Cook   to clarify a remark made in his police interview in which he said that the victim was “asleep, half and half” when the pictures were taken.
The judge then asked: “Does it follow then that she wasn't laughing at that tim”
“No,” agreed Cook.

2:51pm

Mr Barton said: “You were happy to join in and humiliate that young woman and take photographs, degrading photographs in order to keep a record of what you had done.”

2:50pm

Mr Barton said the photograph of George Barker had been taken from the place where Steve Cook's head would have been if he was still lying on the floor at the time.
“Did you move from the bottom of the bed,” asked Mr Barton.
“No” said Cook.
“Do you accept you must have been in the room when that photo was taken?”
Cook agreed.

2:50pm

Under cross examination by prosecutor Richard Barton Cook said he had seen two pictures taken of two of his team mates exposed.
He said Anton Rodgers was the first to expose himself.
But he couldn't remember who the second person to expose themselves was.

2:50pm

Under cross examination by prosecutor Richard Barton Cook said he had seen two pictures taken of two of his team mates exposed.
He said Anton Rodgers was the first to expose himself.
But he couldn't remember who the second person to expose themselves was.

2:03pm

Cook said he had then fallen asleep but been woken when Leon Redwood knocked on the door.
He said: “I don't recall Leon Redwood spraying shaving foam on her.
“I was in that room no longer than an hour, then I went back to George Barker's room with Lewis Dunk and George.”
He said he returned to Rodgers and Ben Sampayo's room the following morning to collect is trainers but did not recall the victim arguing with Rodgers or being upset.

He said the first time he saw the photo of George Barker posing next to his ititials in shaving foam on the victim's body was in his second police interview last March.

 

1:57pm

Did you encourage them to do that?” asked Ms Woodley.
Cook replied “no”
“And what was the reaction,” asked Ms Woodley.
“Just laughter, “ said Cook.
“It was jokey. It was just a juvenile prank."

1:47pm

Cook said he had gone back to Anton Rodgers room at the Jury's Inn. He said the victim got into the  middle of the double bed with Rodgers and Barker and he made himself a bed on the floor and lay down to sleep.
Sonia Woodley defending Cook asked: “Were you aware what [the victim] was doing on the bed?”
“No”, said Cook.
Ms Woodley asked: “You have heard that she was kissing Anton and George, did you see that?
“No I didn't,” said Cook.
Ms Woodley said two of Cook's team mates had exposed themselves.
“I can remember one was Anton but I'm not sure about the other,” said Cook.

1:39pm

The Argus: Steve Cook

 

Former Brighton and Hove Albion player Steve Cook is giving evidence at the Old Bailey

1:32pm

On July 16, 2011 he had played in the Sussex Senior Cup.
He said he went out to celebrate afterwards in Madam Geisha and Lola Lo.
He said he first encountered the victim on the walk back to Jury's Inn with Ben Sampayo and Lewis Dunk.
Cook said: “I assumed she was with Ben because Lewis had a girlfriend.
“She seemed fine to me. I assumed she had been drinking because she was on a night out.”

1:32pm

In July 2011 he had known George Barker from the scholarship team.
He had only met Anton Rodgers and Ben Sampayo a few weeks before.
He had known Lewis Dunk since he was 16.

1:31pm

Cook, 21, joined Brighton and Hove Albion aged nine. He was given a scholarship when he left school and played his first team debut in September 2008.
In October 2011 he moved to Bournemouth.

1:29pm

Steve Cook has been sworn into the witness box.

11:51am

Dunk's aunt, Pamela White has been sworn in to give character evidence.
She said she had been a magistrate for 22 years.
She said Dunk “had respect for others”.

11:50am

A friend of Lewis Dunk's family Lee Mobsey has been sworn in to give character evidence.
He said the allegations were “totally out of character” to the Dunk he had known since he was a baby.

11:49am

A statement from consultant pharmacologist Nicholas Birch – an expert in psycho toxicology - has been read to the court.
Professor Birch said that the consumption of large quantities of alcohol “Anterial grade amnesia” can occur.
He said that drinking the levels of alcohol suggested by the victim's friend – 15 shots and half a bottle of rose wine – could cause subjects to become less inhibited and behave in a way that would normally leave them “mortally offended”.
He said that whilst he had no idea whether the evidence heard by the court was correct he added: “In my opinion the most likely explanation for [the victim's] behaviour and memory loss is the effects of a very substantial consumption of alcohol.”

11:48am

“The truth is that you, like those in the dock, displayed on that night an appalling attitude to this young woman and joined in humiliating her.”

Richard Barton to Leon Redwood

11:47am

Mr Redwood said the victim had asked him to ensure the pictures were deleted. But he said he had never known what the pictures showed.
Mr Barton said: “The truth of the matter is you knew full well what went on. You knew your fellow players had treated her in a humiliating way and had photographed themselves doing it and when you had the opportunity you joined in the same.
“The truth is that you, like those in the dock, displayed on that night an appalling attitude to this young woman and joined in humiliating her.”

11:47am

Mr Barton: “Did any of them say anything about taking photos?”
Mr Redwood: “No”
Mr Barton: Did any of them say anything about the fact that they had been exposing themselves?
Redwood: “No”
Mr Barton: “So you had no clue whatsoever what they had been doing in that room before you got there.
“But you decided that you would do something to [the victim's] body.”

Mr Barton asked whether the victim had made any reaction to the shaving foam being sprayed on her.
Mr Redwood said: “She wriggled.
“I would assume it was because of the spray on her leg she just subconsciously reacted to it.”
MR Barton: “So she wasn't conscious.
“This court has heard that shortly before this those players took photos  of themselves exposed  with her. Is it just coincidence  as soon as you walked into the room you abused her body also?”
Mr Redwood replied: “It wasn't abuse, it was just harmless shaving foam.”

11:46am

Prosecutor Richard Barton cross examined  Mr Redwood about  whether the victim had reacted when he entered the hotel room.
He said she hadn't.
Mr Barton said: “Did she talk at any stage?”
Mr Redwood: “No.”
Mr Barton said: “She was asleep wasn't she?”
Mr Redwood: “She was half and half. She was moving around
Barton: “Did she show any recognition you were there?
“No”
Barton: “That I would suggest is because she was clearly unconscious the whole time you were in that room.”
“I didn't say that,” replied Mr Redwood.

10:56am

"I got a little bit excitied and sprayed shaving foam on her leg"

Leon Redwood

10:55am

He said he later saw her again when he went into Anton Rodgers' room at the Jurys Inn.
He said: “I was very surprised to see her lying on the double bed.
“Anton was next to her.
“I went into the bathroom and got a bottle of shaving foam.
“When I first saw [the victim] I was surprised to see her. I got a little bit excited and went and got the bottle of shaving foam and sprayed it on her leg.”
He said he didn't know why he did it.
He said: “I was having fun and sprayed it on her leg.”
“She was asleep but not asleep if you know what I mean.
“I saw the flash of a photo being taken.”
Mr Redwood said George Barker later showed him the picture but he never saw any other pictures of the victim that had been taken that night.

10:54am

He said that later he had spoken to the victim outside the club.
She had said she loved him and was crying. He tried to console her.

10:53am

Leon Redwood told the court he had met the victim at Lola Lo.
He said: "She was with Roland Bergkamp.
“I thought they were having a kiss.
“Afterwards she approached me and I said 'if you're interested in Roland stay with him'. But she said no”.

10:44am

The Argus: Leon Redwood

Albion player Leon Redwood is currently giving evidence.

10:37am

Mr Redwood said he was seeing another girl at the time but the relationship was on the rocks so he was regularly texting the victim. 

He said: "From what she used to say and how often she messaged me and called me I thought she was keen on me." 

 

 

10:32am

In July 2011 he was living at the Jury's Inn sharing a room with 

George Barker. 

10:27am

Leon Redwood is being sworn in to the witness box 

8:52am

The eighth day of the trial of four footballers accused of sexual assault and voyeurism is due to begin at 10.15am.

The final witnesses are expected to conclude the evidence today, before the barristers and judge sum up the case for the jury.

Follow the latest developments live here again throughout the day.

The trial so far:
The trial began on Monday January 21.
Day 2 - Tuesday January 22:

  • Opening the case for the prosecution Richard Barton 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 gave evidence saying“I felt ashamed and embarrassed.
  • “I couldn't believe it had happened."
  • 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.

Day 3 - Wednesday:

  • The victim faced cross examination by each of the defendants' legal teams.
  • 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.

Day 4 - Thursday:

  • The victim broke down in an emotional outburst in  the witness box saying "they taunted me" and "shouted my name in the street"
  • A friend she was out with on the evening before 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 but had feared what people would think of her.
  • The general manager of the Jury's Inn said their CCTV footage was "irrevocably removed"

Day 5- Friday:

  • Albion player Ben Sampayo reluctantly gave evidence for the prosecution.
  • He said his team mates woke him up "giggling" to show him a photo of themselves exposed with the young woman.

Day 6 - Monday:

  • George Barker's defence case began
  • Barker  said he exposed himself to copy Anton Rodgers and  "make the boys laugh"

Day 7 - yesterday:

  • Anton Rodgers's defence case was heard.
  • He said he exposed himself and took pictures, but it was just "boy banter".
  • Lewis Dunk's defence case began
  • Dunk said he had been on the phone for 35 minutes during the time the pictures were taken.
  • He said his team-mates' behaviour was "stupid"
  • He said he had not participated in or seen or heard any pictures taken

 

4:51pm

The jury has now been sent home for the day.

The case for the defence will resume at 10.15am tomorrow.

4:44pm

A statement from Rhian Conley – the young woman who Dunk claimed to have been on the phone to on the night in question -  was read to the court.
She said that she had met Dunk as she was a Brighton cheerleader.
She said they had never been boyfriend and girlfriend but he was a “sweet boy” who would buy her chocolates.
She said she did not recall the phone call on the night of July 16, 2011, but if the phone records showed he called her number it would have been her that answered.

4:43pm

A character statement from Lewis Dunk's father Mark Dunk was read to the court.
Mr Dunk, 52, said he remembered the day in question because he had been to watch the Sussex Senior Cup at the Amex with his son.
He said he had driven them home afterwards, then taken Dunk and Steve Cook to the Jury's Inn ahead of their night out.
He said he had picked up his son and Cook from the hotel to following day around midday and they seemed normal.

4:30pm

Mr Barton said that Dunk had told police the victim had been asleep when he saw Leon Redwood spray shaving foam on her.
Mr Barton said: “She was obviously asleep”
“Yes,” said Dunk.
“And her dress was pulled up and her knickers were showing,” continued Mr Barton.
“Yes,” said Dunk.
“How did that make you feel?” asked Mr Barton.
“I can't remember how that made me feel,” said Dunk.

4:29pm

Richard Barton for the prosecution  asked: “How did you feel about it when you found out that your mates had all been doing these things?”
Dunk replied: “It was stupid of them”
Mr Berton said: “It was that stupidity on their part that has landed you here.”
“I'm suggesting that your story that you saw and heard nothing about photographs ion that room is not credible.
“It is impossible that you
could have been awake in that room while the others were laughing and standing on the bed and for you not to realise what was going on.
“The reason you saw you neither heard nor saw anything was that you joined in with them.”

"It was stupid of them"

Lewis Dunk

4:24pm

Lewis Dunk said that he was “shocked and scared” when he was arrested and made no comment to police because he had been advised to by his lawyers.

4:23pm

Dunk said he woke  when Leon Redwood knocked on the bedroom door, then came in and sprayed the initials GB on the victim.
Mr O'Neill asked: “Did you encourage anyone to take any photos?
Dunk: “No”.
Mr O'Nieill: Did you encourage him to spray those initials on her?
Dunk: No
Mr O'Neill: Did you encourage anyone to take a photo of George Barker posing by her?
Dunk: No
Mr O'Neill: Did you encourage George Barker to pose?
Dunk: No.
Mr O'Neill Did you expose yourself
Dunk: No.
Mr O'Neill: Did you pose for any pictures.
Dunk: No

3:45pm

The Argus: Lewis Dunk

Lewis Dunk arriving at court. He is currently giving evidence.

3:25pm

Dunk said he had been out to Oxygen, Madam Geisha and then Lola Lo on the night in question.
He then headed back to the Jury's Inn with Ben Sampayo, Steve Cook and the victim. He said they stopped for food on the way home.
Brian O'Neill defending Dunk asked: “Did you share your food with her or try to feed her.
Dunk: “No”
Did you have your arm around her?
Dunk: “no”.
“When I approached the hotel I was with Ben, Steve and [the victim]
“I don't know why she was with us.
“We were going to Ben and Anton's room.
“George and Anton were in the double bed.
“I made a bed on the floor.
“She got into the double bed with George and Anton.
“When she kissed Anton and George I was surprised.
“I lay down on the floor and made a phone call.”
Dunk said he had been facing away from the others for the duration of the phone call, then he went to sleep.
The court was told his phone records show he had made a call to a girl called Rhian Conley lasting 35 minutes.

3:23pm

Dunk was 19 at the time.
Lives in Brighton with parents brother and two sisters.
Joined Albion on a schoolboy contract at 11.
2010-11 season offered a professional contract and began to make appearances first team.
In 2011 he was called up to England u21 sqaud.

Did scholarship with George Barker when they were 15 or 16.
He had only just met Anton Rodgers.
He had known Steve Cook since they were 15

3:22pm

Lewis Dunk, 21, has been sworn in to the witness box.
.

3:18pm

Gerard Harvey, Chelsea FC's educational welfare officer said he supervised Anton Rodgers during his time with Chelsea school boys from 2005 to 2011 and said he kept in contact with him since then.
He said: “I think the allegations are inconsistent with the boy that I knew.
“When Anton was with us he was very popular. He was respectful.
“He was very grateful for anything we would offer him, criticism or advice.
“the Anton I knew was a good boy”
Mr Harvey said he was aware of the admissions Rodgers had made to the court.
Mr Barton said: “What you know he has admitted doesn't fit with the boy you know?
Mr Harvey replied: It is totally inconsistent with the boy I knew at 13.”
Mr Harvey said he had never seen Rodgers after he had consumed alcohol.

2:43pm

The Argus: Anton Rodgers

Anton Rogers gave evidence in his defence this morning (January 29)

1:01pm

The judge then asked Rodgers: “The jury have heard your defence statement read out. You didn't say in it that she laughed and joked and joined in.”
Rodgers replied: “It's an awkward position to be in.
“I have never been in this position before and I'm telling you what I have done. That's as much as I can say.”

12:59pm

Mr Barton went through Rodgers' defence case statement.
He said that Rodgers previously said he had not sent any photos to Barker.
In his statement Rodgers said he had deleted the photos after the victim left the hotel – not when he was in the bathroom.
He also failed to mention that Steve Cook had also exposed himself.
Mr Barton said: “You knew you had exposed yourself but you didn't mention that in you defence case statement.
“You knew you took pictures but didn't mention it in this very important document.”
“You have simply waited and waited to see what the evidence was against you to give your lying account.
“That's why you said nothing to the police and that's why your defence statement is different to what you are saying now.”

12:57pm

Rodgers said that the victim had not reacted when shaving foam was sprayed on her. He said she had “appeared to be asleep” but that he did not think she had been.

12:56pm

Mr Barton said:

“What you did that evening was not only 'silly boy banter' but sexual assaulting a young unconscious woman.”

Prosecutor Richard Barton

12:55pm

Mr Barton continued: “She was asking you to delete the photos. Did you take the opportunity of telling this upset young woman that you had deleted these photos by showing her your phone?
“You knew she was upset about the photos on your phone but you did not tell her you had deleted them.”
Rodgers replied: “I understand I could have done. But we were never on speaking terms.
“I understand the pictures were stupid behaviour.
“Maybe I should have done.”
Mr Barton said: “Your attitude to her that morning was one of complete indifference to her upset.
“Your complete indifference to her feelings  was the same you displayed in the early hours of that morning when you posed for and took photos of her when she was asleep.”
“Yes I accept is was stupid,” said Rodgers.

12:55pm

Prosecutor Richard Barton asked Rodgers whether the victim was upset when she confronted him after finding the pictures on his phone.
Mr Barton said: “She was upset because of the photographs she had seen on your phone.
“So when she came to court and said she had seen the photos and was upset that's not a lie was it.”
“She was upset,” agreed Rodgers.

11:37am

Under cross examination by Sonia Woodley, defending Steve Cook Rodgers said that Cook had been kneeling on the floor between the two beds when he exposed himself.
Ms Woodley said: “You decided because someone tells you to [expose yourself] that's what you do?
“You overcame your reluctance and you have no idea who took that photo.
“I suggest Steve Cook never at any time took any photos at all.”
Rodgers replied: “Yes he did. It was Steve who took the pictures.
“I accept I was wrong and I was stupid. I didn't want to stitch anyone else up.”

11:36am

Mark Cotter defending George Barker said that Barker had said in his evidence yesterday that the victim had been asleep during the time the photos were taken.
He asked Rodgers how he could be sure she was awake.
Rodgers said: “She was giggling. I heard her giggling.”

11:36am

When asked why he had exposed himself and taken the pictures, Rodgers said: “It was just a laugh.
“I was new at the time.
“I had seen George [expose himself].
“It was just a case of trying to fit in and have a bit of a laugh.”

11:36am

Rodgers said he was woken up by the victim the following morning because she wanted to borrow his phone to call her sister.
He said: “I was surprised when she asked about the photos.
“I think she was embarrassed. At that time that night she wasn't, but when she saw the pictures she maybe wasn't too happy with them.
“I went into the bathroom and took my phone with me. When I was in the bathroom I deleted them.
“It was a normal thing to do.
“I sent the picture to George Barker by BBM, it was just a funny picture. It was just something we recalled as being a funny time.
“There was nothing sexual about it.”

11:35am

Peter Lodder defending Rodgers asked his client: “You know you  are charged with these photos being taken for sexual gratification? As far as you are concerned was there any sexual element to those photos being taken? ”
Rodgers replied: “It was just a laugh. We understand now it was stupid. It was banter. It was just a bit of boy banter.

11:35am

Rodgers said that some pictures were taken but he couldn't remember who too the first picture.
He said: “I took a couple of photos, but I wasn't the only person who took photos.
“Steve Cook took a couple of photos.
“Someone said I should expose myself.
“I didn't straight away because I was reluctant to, but I did.
“She was awake.
“George and Steve did it as well.”

11:00am

Rodgers said he had already returned to the Jury's Inn when the victim came back with some of the other players.
Barker said: “There was a jokey atmosphere.
“Steve was drunk and quite funny.
“[the victim] was giggling and laughing away.
“ I had been asleep. She edged back up the bed between me and George.
“She moved up to me first. She tried kissing me on the neck and earlobe.
“She tried grabbing me.
“I just shrugged it off.
“I had no interest in what she seemed to want to do.
“She then tried to do the same thing to George.”

10:43am

Rodgers was on a one year reserve team contract with  Brighton and Hove Albion – paid £250 a week.
On July 16 he played in the Sussex Senior Cup. After the game they returned to the Jury's Inn and got ready to go out.
Rodgers said: “Me, George Barker, Lewis Dunk, Steve Cook and Roland Bergkamp all went out together. We left Leon at the hotel.
“We were just going to go out for a few drinks to celebrate the win. Nothing more.”

10:41am

Rodgers said he turned 20 on Saturday. He was 18 at time had been living in reading with  nan and granddad until moved to Cobham to play for the Chelsea youth team.
When he moved to Brighton few weeks before this incident lived at the Jury's Inn.
He shared a room with Ben Sampayo.

10:41am

Anton Rodgers  - son of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers- has been sworn into the witness box.
Brendan Rodgers is in the public gallery.

10:31am

A character reference from Barbara Heywood - George Barker's former landlady has been read to the court.

She said: "George was such a homely loving boy.

"He was always very considerate. "

8:57am

The trial of three Albion players and a former Seagull is due to resume for the seventh day at 10.15am.

Follow the case live with theargus.co.uk.

The trial so far:

The trial began on Monday January 21.

Day 2 - Tuesday January 22:

  • Opening the case for the prosecution Richard Barton 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 gave evidence saying“I felt ashamed and embarrassed.
  • “I couldn't believe it had happened."
  • 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.

Day 3 - Wednesday:
• The victim faced cross examination by each of the defendants' legal teams.

  • 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

Day 4 - Thursday:

  • The victim broke down in an emotional outburst in  the witness box saying "they taunted me" and "shouted my name in the street"
  • A friend she was out with on the evening before 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 but had feared what people would think of her.
  • The general manager of the Jury's Inn said their CCTV footage was "irrevocably removed"

Day 5- Friday:
 

  • Albion player Ben Sampayo reluctantly gave evidence for the prosecution.
  • He said his team mates woke him up "giggling" to show him a photo of themselves exposed with the young woman.

Day 6 - yesterday:
 

  • George Barker's defence case began
  • Barker  said he exposed himself to copy Anton Rodgers and  "make the boys laugh"

4:38pm

The jury has now been sent home for the day.

The defence cases will continue at 10.15am tomorrow.

 

 

4:36pm

The judge asked Barker “you thought it was funny to pose for photos?”
Barker said yes.
The judge asked him to explain why the victim why they posed so the victim was also in the photos, Barker said he wasn't sure.

4:36pm

Barton: “The purpose of those photos was to humiliate her.
“And all of you in the dock were in that together thinking it was a great laugh.
“And that last photo you kept as a trophy.”

4:35pm

Mr Barton said: “In your statement you said you felt awkward because of [the victim's] actions towards you. You felt embarrassed by her advances.
“When did that change that you didn't feel embarrassed to expose yourself? “

Mr Barton asked Barker about his family.
He said: “You you find it funny if someone took a photo like that of your twin sister? “
Barker replied: “No”.

3:51pm

“You didn't have her consent to having those photos taken did you?"

Richard Barton

3:50pm

Prosecutor Richard Barton said: “That was the biggest match of your career to date and because of what happened in a hotel room after that game you find yourself in the dock in court one at the Old Bailey.
“Where did it go wrong?”

[the victim] saw photos on Anton Rodger's phone. She was right.
“There were photos on his phone and those photos were taken when she was unconscious.
Barker: I'm not sure.”
Mr Barton: “Did she say anything when those photos were taken? As far as you were concerned she was asleep?
Barker: “yes”.
Mr Barton: “You didn't have her consent to having those photos taken did you?
“It was part of the joke that she was asleep when they were taken.”
Barker agreed.

3:50pm

Sonia Woodley defending Steve Cook asked Barker: “Steve Cook was not in any of those four photos?”
“No,” said Barker.

3:49pm

Brian O'Neill defending Lewis Dunk said: “Lewis Dunk was not in any of those four photos?
“You received one photo from Anton's phone, so can you say all four photos were on Anton's phone?"
Barker: "That's correct."

3:49pm

Brian O'Neill defending Lewis Dunk said: “Lewis Dunk was not in any of those four photos?
“You received one photo from Anton's phone, so can you say all four photos were on Anton's phone?"
Barker: "That's correct."

3:49pm

Mr Lodder said: “You received that photo on you phone from Anton Rodgers. And you kept it.
“You kept it as a silly trophy, a memento?
Barker: “yes”.
Lodder: “Did you regard it as a sexual photograph?
Barker: “I just found it funny. A big joke.”
Lodder: “How much of a joke is it now?”
Barker: “It's not very funny now.”

3:49pm

Cross examining Barker, Peter  Lodder representing Anton Rodgers said: “There was nothing sexy about it was there?
“It was just stupid.
“It was just a bit of stupid team behaviour.”

3:13pm

Lola Lo in Brighton, where the players met the victim.

3:13pm

Barker said that when he was arrested he thought "it was a mistake and they got the wrong person"

 

3:09pm

Oxygen Bar in Brighton  where the players had a few drinks after the match.

3:09pm

Barker said another photo was taken – the one seen by the jury.
After the pictures were taken he said the players were just “giggling and laughing”.
He said he was only aware of four photographs.

3:09pm

"Anton did it and made the boys laugh so I though I would do it as well.”

George Barker

3:09pm

Barker said: “Leon came in to the room. I remember someone suggesting we should take photos. I don't know who suggested it. “
Mr Cotter asked: “Did you see any photographs taken?
“yes” siad Barker.
Mr Cotter: Who posed for the first photo?
Barker: “Anton”.
“He was standing over her standing on the bed.”
“I was laughing at him.
“A photo was taken.”
Barker then said he decided to expose himself, “just because Anton did it and made the boys laugh so I though I would do it as well.”
He added that a third photo was taken of the victim sprawled on the leg.
He went to the bathroom and when he returned saw the victim had the letters GB sprayed in shaving foam on her leg.

3:08pm

"Then she crawled up the bed and jumped in between us. She got under the duvet. the next thing I remember she was kissing Anton, on the lips, snogging him. Then she rolled over and started kissing me on the lips."

George Barker

3:07pm

Barker said he went back to the Jury's Inn with Anton Rodgers.
They went to bed, but were woken when the others and the victim returned.
He said: “I thought one of the boys had brought her back.
“she sat on the double bed and was talking with us.
“Then she crawled up the bed and jumped in between us.
“She got under the duvet.
“the next thing I remember she was kissing Anton, on the lips, snogging him.
“Then she rolled over and started kissing me on the lips.
“She touched me on my body and stuff. I touched her as well.
“It was a bit of a shock to start with.
"She was kissing Anton for about ten seconds. She kissed me about the same amount of time.
“Then she rolled back over to Anton and started kissing him again. Then she rolled back over to me again.”

3:06pm

He said:” We went to a bar called Oxygen for and hour or so.
“I drank two vodka and cokes and a shot.
“We then went to Lola Lo. I drank more vodka cokes and a Jaeger bomb.
“When I got there I saw a few other members of the team. Five or six first team players.
“I was a bit marry but not really drunk.
“I saw  [the victim] on Lola Lo. She was talking to my friend Roland. I didn't pay her much attention.
“I saw her dancing and kissing with Roland. She seemed happy and bubbly.”

3:06pm

On July 16 he said George Barker said he had played his first competitive match at the American Express Community Stadium, the Sussex Senior Cup.
After the game they went back to the jury's Inn.
Barker said he drank three bottles of Desperados tequillla beer before heading out into Brighton with Anton Rodgers, Lewis Dunk, Steve Cook and  Roland Bergkamp.
Leon didn't leave with them because “he said he had a girl going round”.

2:12pm

The Argus: George Barker is giving evidence today

George Barker is giving evidence this afternoon.

12:59pm

After two years he was offered a professional contract earning about £350 a week.

At the start of the 2011 he moved from living with a landlady to the Jury's Inn.

He had been living there a few weeks at the time of the alleged offences.

Anton Rodgers, Ben Sampayo and Leon Redwood moved in to the hotel around the same time.

 

 

12:48pm

Barker said he started playing football for Southampton aged eight or nine.

He was given a scholarship by Brighton and Hove Albion aged 15 or 16.

 

12:42pm

George Barker has been called to the witness box to give evidence

 

12:40pm

The jury is now being given a timeline of the chronology of the case.

 

12:38pm

A list of agreed facts has been read to the jury by Mark Cotter.

The jury has heard that none of the four defendants had any previous convictions. Mobile phones and other computer devices were seized from the defendants and expertly analysed.

George Barker's mobile phone was found to contain the image already shown to the jury.

Anton Rodgers acquired a new phone in October 2011 after he lost his previous phone. No pictures of the victim were found on the new phone.

There was no evidence of any photos or videos of the victim on Lewis Dunk's phone.

Steve Cook's iphone malfunctioned two weeks' before the defendants' arrests. It was returned to the Apple store in Southampton, but enquiries by the police found it had been destroyed.

Police conducted investigations amongst Brighton and Hove Albion staff and players to see if anyone had seen any pictures or video of the victim taken in room 431 of the Jury's Inn hotel on July 17, 2011.

No one said they had ever seen any such pictures.

Police also searched for any website containing any photos or videos of the victim taken of the victim in room 431 on July 17, 2011.

None was ever found.

12:01pm

The Jurys Inn where the alleged sexual assault took place.

11:54am

Richard Barton has concluded the case for the prosecution.

 

11:53am

Sonia Woodley, defending Steve Cook, asked the officer to confirm that on January 19, Cook had answered officers' questions and been "fully co-operative".

She said he had.

Ms Woodley asked the officer to confirm that when he was interviewed for a second time he had read a prepared statement stating that he stood by the account he originally gave.

She confirmed he did.

 

 

11:50am

Brian O'Neil, representing Lewis Dunk, questioned the officer in the case, Detective Constable Lindsay Valda-Davies.
He asked her about a conversation she had had with the victim's mother in March, in which she had told her that her case was complicated by the fact that she had been unconscious during the alleged offences.
She said that in April her mother rang the police to say that her daughter was beginning to remember the night in question.

She said that on a later occasion the victim had said she remembered being on Middle Street being fed a chicken burger.
She said she also “might remember being on a bed with her ankles being held”.
But added: ”She wasn't sure if she had remembered it or was just trying too hard to remember.”
The officer confirmed that was correct.

11:44am

“She was asleep. They were having a laugh."

Steve Cook

11:39am

Steve Cook was  interviewed at Chichester police station after his arrest in Dorset  on January 19.
He said he had gone on a night out with the other players but become separated.
They met up at Brighton station on way back to Jury's Inn.
He said they all had to go into one room because they didn't have a key to the room they were supposed to be staying in.
He said: “Two of the lads were in bed with a girl.
“Me and one of the other guys were sleeping on the floor.
“Everyone was a bit drunk.
“I didn't know the girl.. That was the first time I had met her.
“She had obviously had a bit to drink but she knew where she was.
“The others were just joking and talking about the night.
“As I was lying on the floor the boys started taking pictures of her because she was trying to sleep.
“They were laughing."

In his interview Cook said he believed some of the others were exposing themselves.

He said: “She was asleep, half and half, trying top sleep.
“They were having a laugh.
“The two people [exposed] out were just laughing and joking around.
“I think one of them was Anton Rodgers.
“I believe a couple of photos were taken.”
He said he did not believe anyone had touched the victim and insisted he had remained dressed the whole time.
He said that he did not believe he was in any of the photos, but if he was he would have been in the background and dressed.
He said after that night no one sent him any picture and he never saw any on the internet.

11:36am

Lewis Dunk was interviewed again in March.
In his second interview he said: “I was out with a few of the boys and met [the victim].
"I didn't know her.  I'd never met her before.
"I went back with Leon and George to the Jury's. [the victim] was with them.
"We went into the hotel room. George and Anton were already in the room. Ben was on the single bed.
“Me and Steve went to bed on the floor.
“She got into bed between George and Anton.
“I saw her kissing one of them and then roll over and kiss the other.
“I then made a phone call for ab out 20 minutes.
“The next thing I know was there was a knock on the door and Leon was there.
“He sprayed something I couldn't see what it was in shaving foam on her leg.”
He said he did not take any pictures or see any pictures.

10:56am

10:55am

Lewis Dunk gave no comment in his first interview on January 19 after his arrest at the Amex stadium.

 

10:54am

Anton Rodgers gave no comment in his interviews to police.

 

 

10:54am

When interviewed by police on January 19 George Barker gave a prepared statement.

In his statement he said he had met the victim on a night out in Brighton.

He said he had gone back to Anton Rodger's room at the Jury's Inn. He said the victim had come back to the room and kissed him.

He said it was consentual and they were only in the room together about 35 minutes.

 

 

 

10:52am

Detective Constable Lindsay Davies has been called to the witness stand.

Confirming Barker, Rodgers and Dunk were arrested on the afternoon of January 19, 2012 as they got off a bus from an away game at the Amex Stadium.

Cook was arrested same morning at a sports centre in Dorset.

All four were cautioned then interviewed separately.

10:31am

The case begins with legal arguments which cannot be reported.

9:23am

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

 

The defendants clockwise from top left: Steve Cook, George Baker, Anton Rodgers and Lewis Dunk

8:45am

The trial so far

Day 5

  • Albion player Ben Sampayo appears on the stand after he was ordered to appear in court.
  • Mr Sampayo used to share a room in the Jury's Inn with Anton Rogers
  • He told the prosecution "I could hear giggling. My team mate showed me a photo."
  • He then described the sexual act the team mate  had said they were doing.
  • The victim was described as "angry, disappointed and upset" by what had happened.

Day 4

  • 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

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