Knowledgeable footballer has gone on trial accused of raping and sexually assaulting a girl he initially met on a relationship app.
Prosecutors say Sunderland winger Jack Diamond, 23, assaulted the lady after he invited her to his home in Washington, Sunderland, in 2022.
The girl advised police she messaged a buddy for assist following the alleged assaults after fearing that Diamond was contacting his housemate and fellow participant a few threesome, Newcastle Crown Court docket heard.
Prosecutor David Povall advised jurors Diamond was “eager” for the complainant to come back to his home on the evening of the incident, however that it was “agreed that nothing greater than cuddling would occur” as she was not on the tablet on the time.
The court docket heard that when the pair acquired into mattress, “though it began with cuddling, it turned clear that Jack Diamond needed extra”.
Mr Povall mentioned the lady “finally” consented to some sexual exercise, and awakened a while later to Diamond “caressing her”.
“She requested him to cease and advised him she wasn’t within the temper, however he continued,” Mr Povall advised jurors.
The court docket heard Diamond allegedly sexually assaulted and raped the lady, and that she “protested” throughout each.
“It was solely after repeated protests and pleas for him to cease that he desisted,” Mr Povall mentioned.
The prosecutor advised jurors: “A while later, she realised he was messaging on his telephone, and she or he feared that he was speaking with (Sunderland goalkeeper) Anthony Patterson, his housemate, who had beforehand raised the potential of a threesome.
“She did not need to get into that state of affairs. Petrified of what may occur, she messaged a buddy, asking for assist.
“He advised her to go away instantly, which she did. Her buddy met her at her home, the place he noticed the very emotional and distressed state she was in, and he waited together with her until the police arrived.”
In an interview with cops performed in court docket, the lady advised police she “turned over and cried” after the primary sexual assault.
She mentioned he “grabbed her wrists” and was “fairly aggressive” throughout the alleged rape, telling officers: “It was like a swap had gone off.”
The court docket heard after his arrest, Diamond advised police that there had been consensual sexual exercise however no intercourse, and that the lady was “jealous and possessive”.
Two potential jurors for the trial have been excluded “out of an abundance of warning” after declaring that they have been Newcastle United season ticket holders.
The 15 potential panellists have been requested to point whether or not they have been season ticket holders for both Newcastle United or Sunderland, and whether or not they have been planning to attend the FA Cup conflict between the 2 sides on Saturday.
Choose Edward Bindloss advised potential jurors: “This trial is nothing to do with soccer, it’s a few completely different allegation solely, however we wish a jury who’re capable of put apart all problems with help and affiliation and are available to a good and goal view.”
Excluding two of the potential panel, the decide mentioned: “This isn’t meant in any method as a criticism of them however Mr Diamond is an worker of Sunderland soccer membership. Mr Patterson could or is probably not known as for the defence.
“The take a look at of bias isn’t just precise bias however the notion of bias.”
Diamond denies each fees and the trial continues.
The participant was on mortgage with Lincoln Metropolis final season however the deal was terminated after he was charged, and Sunderland suspended him.