Nile Ranger trial: Footballer returned to alleged scene of crime the next night

Footballer Nile Ranger was back booking a room at the hotel where he allegedly raped a friend the night after the alleged attack, a court heard

Nile Ranger arrives at Newcastle Crown Court
Nile Ranger arrives at Newcastle Crown Court

Footballer Nile Ranger was back booking a room at the hotel where he allegedly raped a friend the night after the alleged attack, a court heard.

A relative of the complainant returned to the scene of the alleged crime in an effort to view CCTV.

The alleged victim told Ranger’s rape trial how, when her relative went to the Carlton Hotel, in Jesmond, the next night, Ranger was back there, booking in again.

The complainant told jurors she was concerned another woman may suffer as she did and said two other people had mentioned ending up in a hotel room with Ranger in similar circumstances.

A night porter at the hotel said Ranger was his “normal footballer arrogant, cocky self” and said he asked a passing police car to kick him and the woman out that night in case he got “lairy”, but they refused. The 22-year-old former Premier League striker denies raping the woman after they had been out together in Newcastle city centre last January.

During cross-examination by Toby Hedworth QC, defending, the woman who gave evidence via a videolink, wept when he suggested she had sex twice with Ranger, and was “enthusiastically participating”.

She has claimed she was too intoxicated to consent and was not attracted to the footballer.

Later, she told the jury her relative returned to the Carlton Hotel, Jesmond, the night after to see if they could check the CCTV on the premises.

The alleged victim told the court: “Nile Ranger was at the front desk. He was booking another room for that night, for the same thing to happen to someone else.

“I know this is not the first time this has happened.

“Since this case, two other people have mentioned being in a horrible state in the same sort of circumstances as what I have been in. I’m not going to let it happen to someone else.”

Mr Hedworth, for Ranger, said the complainant in a rape case would be granted anonymity while the person accused would be “plastered across the media”.

He added: “You can say what you like about him. You can say he’s done it to that person, this person, the other person in the hope that mud sticks.”

The alleged victim replied: “That’s not true.

“I know me, I know what happened that night.”

Gary Langham, a night porter at the Carlton Hotel, said of Ranger: “He was his normal, footballer, arrogant, cocky self. Nile is usually arrogant and lairy. I told him I was not in the mood for hassle.”

He said he asked a passing police car to throw them out but they refused.

He added that the woman with him that night last January was “mortal”.

Ranger denies rape. The trial continues.

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