Jury sworn in at footballers' trial

A jury has been sworn in on Tuesday in the case of four footballers accused of sexually assaulting a teenager in a Brighton hotel.

Last Updated: 07/05/13 at 17:15 Post Comment

Three Brighton players and one former Brighton player have denied sexual assault

Three Brighton players and one former Brighton player have denied sexual assault

A jury has been sworn in on Tuesday in the case of four footballers accused of sexually assaulting a teenager in a Brighton hotel.

A previous jury was discharged in February after failing to reach verdicts on all but one count where they cleared Lewis Dunk of voyeurism.

The new jury has been sent away until Wednesday when the case will be opened at the Old Bailey.

Judge Christopher Moss told the panel that they should try the defendants on evidence given in court and put anything they may have heard about the first trial out of their minds.

Brighton and Hove Albion players Anton Rodgers, 20, Lewis Dunk, 21, and George Barker, 21, and former team-mate Steve Cook, 22, who now plays for Bournemouth, had denied sexual assault and voyeurism.

They were alleged to have assaulted a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in July 2011 after celebrating a match win.

The woman claimed she fell asleep following a drunken night out clubbing and saw photographs of the incident on Rodgers' mobile phone in the morning.

The players told the court there was nothing sexual in what went on and the woman was awake during most of the "boy banter".

Rodgers' father, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, sat in the public gallery among eight members of the players' families.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Manchester United signing Angel di Maria claims he was forced out of Real Madrid

Manchester United signing Angel di Maria has claimed he never wanted to leave Real Madrid.

Transfer news: Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby interests Hamburg

Hamburg director Dietmar Beiersdorfer has confirmed the club’s interest in Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby.

Transfer News: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger won't panic buy a striker

Arsene Wenger has insisted Arsenal will not panic buy a striker, if Olivier Giroud is ruled out for a lengthy spell.

Mail Box

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

Not Getting Carried Away On Spurs... But

A couple of Spurs fans have broken rank to admit that they are bloody excited about things down the Lane. Plus Glen Johnson, Arsene on strikers and Moreno...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property