Man acquitted of rape charge
A 23-YEAR-OLD man walked free from court after being cleared of raping a mother-of-two on a train travelling between Ipswich and Colchester.Abdul Hassan held his head in his hands and was overcome with emotion as the jury foreman returned the "not guilty" verdict after three hours of deliberations.
A 23-YEAR-OLD man walked free from court after being cleared of raping a mother-of-two on a train travelling between Ipswich and Colchester.
Abdul Hassan held his head in his hands and was overcome with emotion as the jury foreman returned the "not guilty" verdict after three hours of deliberations.
During the week-long trial at Ipswich Crown Court which ended yesterday it was alleged that Hassan, who was with two friends, tried to chat-up the 22-year-old Ipswich woman as she waited on the platform at the town's station for an evening train to Colchester.
The woman claimed that she had been sitting alone in a carriage when Hassan and his friends had walked in and sat around her.
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Feeling uncomfortable she had got up to move, but as she did so she claimed she was shoved into a toilet cubicle and raped by Hassan.
When Hassan had finished having sex with her she claimed she saw one of his friends standing in the doorway undoing the belt of his trousers and feared that he too was going to rape her.
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However, at that moment the train had started to slow down as it approached Colchester and the men had disappeared.
The woman got off the train and reported the alleged rape to the police three days later.
Hassan, of Manor Park, London, told the court he fancied the woman and had spoken to her on the platform at Ipswich station. He said she had sat with him and his friends on the train and there had been "chemistry" between them.
He claimed that during the journey the woman took a bag out of her handbag, put her finger in to the white powder inside it and licked her finger. She told him it was "speed".
Hassan had then asked the woman if she wanted to go to the toilet with him. "I meant to go to the toilet to have sex," said Hassan. He told the jury "It is every young man's dream to have sex on a train."
He said he was amazed when the woman said "yes". He said that after they had finished having sex he and the woman sat down in the carriage again and he had written his telephone number on a piece of newspaper with her lipstick before she left the train.