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Rapist to serve term

PUBLISHED: 18:07 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:04 25 August 2010

A SECURITY guard serving a six-year jail term for raping a student nurse has failed to have his conviction quashed.

A SECURITY guard serving a six-year jail term for raping a student nurse has failed to have his conviction quashed.

Adebolu Dada, 30, of Erebus Drive, Thamesmead, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court in November 2006. He attacked his victim at a flat in Woolwich in April 2005 after she had been celebrating exam results with friends.

Witnesses heard screams from the flat and described the woman as being in a shocked and distressed state, barefoot in the street.

Dada was initially jailed for eight years but had his sentence cut to six on appeal this April after judges ruled he had an "arguable" case that he and another man, also accused of raping the woman, should have been tried separately.

The rape allegations against the other man were never proceeded with, but he was charged and acquitted of aiding and abetting rape and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

However, his evidence, including that of a visit to a police station where he reported Dada as having raped the woman, went before the jury. Lawyers argued that this "hearsay" evidence was prejudicial.

Dismissing the appeal at the Criminal Appeal Court last Wednesday, Sir Igor Judge said the trial judge was right to try both men together and had properly directed the jury as to how to treat the evidence.

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