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Robert Maina cleared of raping woman who was refused entry to Mantra nightclub in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 13:48 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:48 21 July 2017

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A man has been cleared of raping and sexually assaulting a woman in a car park of a city hotel after she had earlier been refused entry to a nightclub for failing a breath test.

Robert Maina, 24, was found not guilty of two counts of rape and cleared of sexual assault against the 19-year-old woman by a Norwich Crown Court jury, who had been considering its verdicts for about three hours.

Maina, from Luton, had denied all the offences and claimed the woman had consented to what went on.

After he was cleared by the jury of five men and seven women, Maina left the dock and was greeted by his family, who have been supporting him throughout the four day trial and staying locally so they could attend court each day.

During the trial the woman claimed she was raped and sexually assaulted in the car park of the Nelson Hotel, in Prince of Wales Road, on May 2, last year, after she became separated from friends when she was refused entry to Mantra nightclub on Prince of Wales Road.

She said that when she was breathalysed she was over the limit and was not allowed entry although her friends had already got in.

The court heard she was sitting on a window ledge near to the nightclub when she had met Maina.

Maina had told police in interview that he had started chatting to the woman outside the nightclub after he had also been refused entry because he was wearing trainers.

Maina, from Luton, who had come to Norwich with his friends for the weekend, said the woman had not objected to anything which took place. He said they had been kissing and flirting before one of them suggested they went somewhere a bit more quiet and he said they ended up in the car park.

The jury also heard that when he was stopped by a police officer on Prince of Wales Road following the sexual allegations he said he did not understand why he was being arrested.

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