Oxford University student ‘said “this is really awkward”’ after alleged rape | ‘I went to sleep saying, “I am not going to have sex with you”’, the victim said.

Oxford University student ‘said “this is really awkward”’ after alleged rape

Oxford University student ‘said “this is really awkward”’ after alleged rape

Oxford University student ‘said “this is really awkward”’ after alleged rape

Oxford University student ‘said “this is really awkward”’ after alleged rape

Oxford University student ‘said “this is really awkward”’ after alleged rape

Oxford University student ‘said “this is really awkward”’ after alleged rape
Oxford University student ‘said “this is really awkward”’ after alleged rape
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An Oxford University medical student said ‘Oh, no, this is really awkward’, moments after he raped a female student following a college night out, a jury heard today.

Oxford Crown Court saw a video interview with the woman who accused fellow student Niall McPaul of raping her.

The young victim told the jury she had woken up to find McPaul on top of her, raping her, while she stood behind a screen, out of sight of the accused.

She described herself as ‘eight or nine’ out of 10 in terms of drunkenness, having had a bottle and a half of wine, and told police that McPaul had sat on the side of her bed following the incident and said: ‘This is one of those unfortunate things that happens.’

The jury was told by the prosecutor that McPaul had later texted the woman to describe his behaviour as ‘inexcusable really’ and that she had told him they were not going to have sex.

Opening the case, prosecutor Matthew Walsh said: ‘(McPaul) was on top of her and she came-to in a confused state.

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‘In fact as you will hear in this case, there is no argument between the prosecution and defence about one thing – that the defendant had penetrated her vagina with his penis.

‘That had taken place, he accepts that.’

He continued: ‘What is at issue is firstly whether she was consenting to that, agreeing to it taking place, and if she was not consenting, whether the defendant reasonably believed that she was.’

McPaul, who was 24 at the time of the incident, had met the victim through friends at a party in 2016, five months before the alleged rape.

She told officers that she again met the accused at another party in 2017, when they kissed and exchanged messages after McPaul had left to go home, the court heard.

She said: ‘It was just something stupid that I did. I was not going to do it again. My boyfriend was aware of it.

‘He is a very easy going person, he was not particularly angry or upset but he was just like: “do not do that again”.’

On the morning of the alleged rape later in 2017, the victim had allowed McPaul to stay over, after a party, and they shared a bed and cuddled.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: ‘It was late and probably quite cold outside and he lives a long way away. I had no reason not to let him in.

‘Although on some level I must have wanted that [sex with him], I do not think I would have, even when I have been very drunk I do not think I would have.

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‘I went to sleep saying, “I am not going to have sex with you”.’

Defence lawyer Eleanor Laws, representing McPaul, suggested the victim had engaged in consensual kissing and sexual touching while they were in bed together, before she had gone to sleep and after she had woken up.

The lawyer asked: ‘Do you remember saying that what went on between you and McPaul in the morning, from you waking up with him inside you, was in fact pleasurable?’

The complainant answered: ‘For a brief moment, before I realised what was going on.’

In her police interview, the complainant said she had made a public Facebook post following the incident in which she wrote: ‘Because of recent circumstances he [her boyfriend] would be disappointed in me.’

McPaul, now aged 27 and living in Oxford, denies one count of rape.

The trial continues.

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Manish Shah trial: London GP 'used celebs' cases as excuse to grope women'

Manish Shah trial: London GP 'used celebs' cases as excuse to grope women'

A popular GP accused of groping women and girls at his east London surgery used the cases of Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and reality TV star Jade Goody to trick them into un-necessary intimate examinations, the Old Bailey heard today. 

Dr Manish Shah, 50, allegedly groped 25 women at his Romford surgery between 2009 and 2013.

He is accused of using the case of tragic reality TV star Ms Goody to persuade one patient to have a smear test, and citing Ms Jolie’s cancer-preventing double mastectomy  to examine another woman’s breasts when she had a painful shoulder. 

“He brought up the news story of Angelina Jolie’s preventative mastectomy,” said prosecutor Kate Bex QC, adding Shah then “asked her if she would like him to examine her breasts. 

“He was obviously aware it was contrary to NHS guidelines, and told the woman he was offering a service available in other countries and not in the UK. He said he had recently seen two patients with breast cancer who were even younger than her.

"That was deliberate and intended to reassure her and reduce the risk she would question what he is doing, and it worked.”

Jurors heard Shah, who specialised in family planning and gynaecology, had already been convicted at a trial last year of sexually assaulting 17 female patients between 2009 and 2013. He is now on trial again, accused of sexually assaulting eight more patients, including one aged just 11, over the same five-year period. 

Ms Bex said Shah’s examinations were for “sexual gratification” and he persuaded one woman to strip naked as he examined her.

Shah, suspended in 2013 when complaints came to light and police investigated, denies 13 charges of sexual assault and 21 of assault by penetration.

The trial continues. 

 

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London GP Manish Shah found guilty of string of sexual offences against patients

London GP Manish Shah found guilty of string of sexual offences against patients

A GP who cited the cases of Angelina Jolie and Jade Goody to instill fear in his patients is facing jail for molesting 23 female patients.

Dr Manish Shah preyed on cancer concerns to persuade patients as young as 11 to undergo unnecessary intimate examinations for his own sexual gratification, the Old Bailey heard.

Over five years, between May 2009 and June 2013, he assaulted six patients of the Mawney Medical Centre, the court was told.

Shah, 50, of Romford, east London, denied wrongdoing, claiming he had been practising “defensive medicine”.

But following an Old Bailey trial, he was found guilty of 25 sexual offences against the six victims.

The jury was told Shah has already been convicted of similar allegations relating to 17 other women, bringing the total number to 23.

Shah looking down at his lap in the dock as the jury delivered majority verdicts after 26 hours of deliberations.

Judge Anne Molyneux adjourned sentencing for all the offences until February 7.

Prosecutor Kate Bex QC told jurors that Shah played on the women’s fear of cancer to consent to examinations, but without being properly informed.

Some of the victims were particularly vulnerable because of their young age or because of their family history of the disease.

Ms Bex said: “Fear is an incredible motivator and few health concerns are scarier than cancer. Dr Shah exploited that and used it for his own personal gratification.”

Shah brought up the news story about Hollywood star Jolie having a preventative mastectomy as he asked a woman if she would like him to examine her breasts.

He also mentioned Goody to another woman, saying an examination was in her best interests, it was claimed.

Ms Bex told jurors that one theme of the case was the defendant’s “sexualised” behaviour.

He would give patients hugs and kisses, singling some out as “special” and his “star”, saying he had a soft spot for them.

He would not always wear gloves and left one patient entirely naked on an examination table, jurors heard.

Shah attempted to justify an examination in medical notes by suggesting it was “requested”, the court heard.

He flouted NHS guidelines on giving healthy women under 25 smear tests and routine breast examinations on women under 50, which were said to cause more harm than good, Ms Bex told jurors.

He also breached guidelines on the use of chaperones during intimate examinations.

Shah denied wrongdoing and his barrister Zoe Johnson QC told jurors he was a “cautious, insecure, perhaps at times incompetent GP”.

The fact of Shah’s previous conviction did not necessarily make for a case of “once a sex offender always a sex offender”, Ms Johnson argued.

Reporting by Press Association. 

 

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Fraudster changed his name to ‘Mr Irish Dog Foods’ to cash £18,000 cheque

Fraudster changed his name to ‘Mr Irish Dog Foods’ to cash £18,000 cheque

A fraudster changed his name to Mr Irish Dog Foods in order to cash a stolen cheque, a court heard.

Money mules Evariste Luteke, 54, Marlon Aghostinho, 27, Antoinette Kalunga, 32 and George Sourou, 23, all helped launder missing cheques made out by supermarket Aldi to various suppliers.

Essex estate agent Sourou changed his name to Mr Irish Dog Foods before receiving a cheque for £17,833 and making a series of cash withdrawals.

When he was arrested police found a number of documents bearing the same bogus name.

Only £9,995 of the money was eventually recovered.

Inner London Crown Court heard how Aghostinho, from Tottenham, changed his bank account name to Mr Biscuits Leclerk in May 2016 and dispersed a total of £18,000.

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Healthcare support worker Kalunga, from Enfield, changed her account name to Kordis Ltd on May 5 and banked £29,950 which was similarly quickly transferred and withdrawn.

She again changed her account name using forged papers, this time to Shaper Haggart, but the cheque was blocked before a second payment could be received.

Prosecutor Jonathan Gold said: ‘All the offences were committed against HSBC bank who provided banking services to Aldi.

‘Theft of cheques made out by Aldi to its suppliers, then put in accounts set up by the defendants for taking the funds.

‘Mr Luteke’s offences concerns German food supplier Copack Tiefkuhlkost Ltd.

‘They supply Aldi with foods and Aldi pay them.

‘The cheque had not been received by the supplier, HSBC looked and saw that had been put in a Barclays business account.

‘The account was in the name of Mr Luteke trading as Copack Tiefkuhlkost Ltd.

‘He had set up an account in the same name so that when Aldi issued the cheque it could be stolen and put into his.

‘£28,000 was stolen and by the time Barclays froze the account only £10,000 was left.’

Mature student and father-of-three Luteke, from Croydon also had a business account which was used to transfer another £20,000 which was never recovered.

All four admitted entering into a money laundering arrangement and acquiring criminal property.

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Sourou was responsible for losses totalling £7,926, Aghostinho £17,950, Kalunga £27,950 and Luteke £37,197.

They were each handed six-month suspended sentences and ordered to carry out between 80 and 120 hours’ unpaid work.

Judge Samantha Crabb said: ‘You are all listed together for sentencing although I accept that there was no connection between you or operating together.

‘Each of your offences were committed against the same victim and headed by the same persons.

‘The offences followed on from the theft of cheques made by Aldi to various suppliers, paid into various accounts.

‘The money was dispersed in a variety of ways, I accept that you had no involvement in that.

‘However, your roles were pivotal in the removal of that money.’

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