Footballer Nile Ranger cleared of rape
Former Newcastle United footballer Nile Ranger has been cleared of rape, following a week-long trial. The 22-year-old, who now plays for Swindon Town, had denied the charge, claiming the woman had consented to sex at a hotel in January 2013.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the woman had agreed to meet him after the pair had swapped a number of messages. The player told the court he had never engaged in sexual activity with a female against her will.
During the trial, the jury heard Mr Ranger and the woman had met in a city centre bar and gone on to different clubs before eventually booking into the Carlton Hotel, in the Jesmond area of Newcastle. http://dlvr.it/56BBHl