A 46-year-old Saudi millionaire was cleared of one count of rape after telling the court that he might have accidentally penetrated the girl when tripped and fell on her.
Ehsan Abdulaziz, a property developer, was accused of raping a young woman who slept on the sofa in his flat in Maida Vale in west London. According to Abdulaziz, he already had intercourse with the young woman’s 24-year-old friend which he explains why his penis was poking out the top of his underwear after he have fallen on top of the teenager.
Apparently, the two women met Abdulaziz in Cirque le Soir nightclub in the West En on August 7 last year. Abdulaziz, who knew the 24-year-old woman, offered the friends a ride home in his Aston Martin. At his apartment,he offered them vodka before having sexual intercourse with the 24-year-old woman in his bedroom.
Based on the teenager’s claims, Abdulaziz woke her up in the early hours of the morning and forced himself inside of her. Unfortunately, the teenager was unable to wake up her friend.
“She was very upset about what had happened to her and because she couldn’t wake her friend, she called two friends, she then called the police,” Prosecutor Jonathan Davies told the court.
Meanwhile, Abdulaziz claims that he woke up the young woman to offer a T-shirt to sleep in or to offer a fare for a taxi home. However, the teenage girl pulled him on top of her and placed his hand between her legs. This act allegedly caused him to fall down.
“I’m fragile, I fell down but nothing ever happened, between me and this girl nothing ever happened.’ He said traces of his DNA could have been found in her vagina because of the fall,” Abdulaziz said.
After an hour of deliberations at Southwark Crown Cour, Abdulaziz was cleared of rape.
Helping a Rape Victim
Rape is an illegal sexual contact that usually involves force done on a person without consent.
Victims of rape suffer greatly and often feel helpless after the attack. It’s important to help and empower victims in order for them to stand up for themselves after the life-changing event.
If your family or friend has been raped, here are some tips to help them recover according to bandbacktogether.com.
- Encourage him/ her to see a doctor to receive appropriate medical attention or treatment after the assault.
- You may encourage but don’t pressure him/her to report the attack.
- Listen to him/her without judgement.
- Assure that he/she is not to blame for the rape.
- Reassure him/her that you will be by their side all the time.