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Leeds Utd player ‘raped woman in hotel room and filmed attack on his mobile’

Simon Lenighan arrives at Doncaster Crown Court today. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Simon Lenighan arrives at Doncaster Crown Court today. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

A LEEDS United footballer joined a friend in the rape of a young woman in a hotel room and filmed the attack on a mobile phone, a jury heard today.

Simon Lenighan, 19, is alleged to have carried out the attack with Nathan Campbell in a room at the Etap Hotel in Leeds in August 2012.

Their alleged victim woke up naked and alone the following morning with no idea where she was or how she got there, the prosecution said.

Her mobile phone and money were missing and she alerted police who found video footage on Campbell’s mobile phone, the court was told. Andrew Haslam, prosecuting, told Doncaster Crown Court: “We say that Nathan Campbell and Simon Lenghan raped her.

“We have a window in to that hotel room. That window shows how the defendants treated and continued to treat her.”

Mr. Haslam said the two defendants both used their mobile phones to video the woman and were heard laughing as they avoided being seen on the camera.

The jury saw footage which showed the woman lying naked on a bed and intimate shots of her body.

At one point both men are heard using slang words including “pum pum” and “batty” and describing the woman as “looking a bit stretched”.

At one point Campbell, 24, is heard telling the woman “ah yeah it hurts too much - calm down”.

Mr Haslam said Lenighan and Campbell met for the first time on the night of the alleged incident as they drank in the Tiger Tiger bar in Leeds.

The woman, who knew Lenighan, had also been drinking in the bar and agreed to go back to the hotel, now an Ibis, with the two men.

Mr Haslam said friends were concerned for her safety because she had so much to drink, with one describing her as “very drunk”.

After they were arrested both men admitted having sex with the woman but claimed she was a willing partner.

Lenighan claimed they started to have sex but he realised she was too drunk and she said no.

He told her that he fell asleep and did not know what Campbell was doing.

Mr Haslam said: “The prosecution say that she was so drunk she could not give meaningful and proper consent. The capacity to give consent is affected by drink.

“Drunken consent is still consent but if someone becomes so intoxicated their ability to choose can evaporate, it can be lost.”

When Nathan Campbell was arrested by police they found the video on his mobile phone.

He told police that the woman was the instigator and said that he had vaginal sex with her but said he did not ejaculate in or on her.

Lenighan, of Harrogate, denies three charges of rape and one of perverting the course of justice.

Campbell, of Bradford, denies three charges of rape and one of perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

 
 
 

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