Rape accused denies woman was feeling ill

Banbury Cake: Rape accused denies woman was feeling ill Rape accused denies woman was feeling ill

A BOUNCER accused of raping a woman in a Banbury strip club has denied the complainant was feeling sick when he met her.

Ali Kacani, 32, of Lidsey Road, Banbury, denies two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, allegedly carried out in the early hours of December 29 last year.

The woman has accused the defendant of forcing himself on her at around 5am after she fell asleep in a toilet at the Venus nightclub, but he says they had consensual sex.

Yesterday he was cross-examined and asked why he had told the police “it was obvious that she was unwell” in a prepared statement read during his interview.

Kacani replied that this was a “mistake” and earlier said the complainant had been “all over him” and had asked him for sex.

Michael Roques, prosecuting, said: “You understand, don’t you, the point that [the complainant] made to the jury right at the end of her evidence?

“That any woman who has woken up in a nightclub who has been sick through alcohol is not going to want to have sex with somebody.”

Kacani replied: “Yes, I do understand that.”

The barrister added: “And you understand that it is very important to your case that you don’t say she has been sick.”

“Yes,” replied the witness, but insisted again that his alleged victim had seemed sober when he found her.

The trial continues.

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