A Saudi property developer and a millionaire Ehsan Abdulaziz has been cleared of raping a teenager, after he claimed he accidentally tripped and penetrated’ her.
The millionaire was accused of forcing himself on a teenage girl, 18, who was sleeping on a sofa in his Maida Vale flat after spending a night out drinking together.
He said he earlier had sex with another woman, 24, in his bedroom, whom he had met a night before, and had his penis poking out of his underwear when he had accidentally tripped and fell on the teen.
The girl accused him of raping. His semen and DNA was found inside a young woman’s vagina, however the businessman insisted he has his semen all around his hands after having sex with a 24-year old woman.
He claimed a teen tried to seduce him, when he offered her a T-shirt or a taxi back home. The businessman demonstrated in the court how she pulled him on top of her, placing his hand between her legs.
“I’m fragile, I fell down but nothing ever happened, between me and this girl nothing ever happened,” he said. Mr Abdulaziz reportedly gave his evidence in private to judge Mr Martin Griffiths.
The jury cleared the businessman of a rape count after just 30-minutes of deliberations. The case was heard in Southwark Crown Court.
Mr Abdulaziz met both women in London’s West End club, Cirque le Soir nightclub. He then invited them to his private table and later – his flat.
I’d assumed this actually happened in Saudi Arabia, where justice is somewhat, let’s say, sexist, but 🙁 https://t.co/EMBgeGN3X7
— Wings Over Scotland (@WingsScotland) December 16, 2015
According to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 ‘1 (1) A person (A) commits an offence if—
(a) he intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person (B) with his penis,
(b) B does not consent to the penetration, and
(c) A does not reasonably believe that B consents.
(2) Whether a belief is reasonable is to be determined having regard to all the circumstances, including any steps A has taken to ascertain whether B consents.
(3) Sections 75 and 76 apply to an offence under this section.
(4) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable, on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for life.’
Statistics portal Statista reports that rape in England and Wales has been on the rise between 2003 and 2014 with 41% increase.
Praising the teenager’s courage to speak out
I send this message to the teenager that #Ehsan Abdulaziz raped – you spoke out and we all know what courage that took. You are fantastic.
— Harriet Ironsides (@HarrietIronside) December 18, 2015
Some thought it was a prank
— Dutchess Roz (@Dutchess_Roz) December 17, 2015
Others reacted with fun
— Faisal B. (@f_ghazib) February 8, 2017