A Nigerian, Sam Obeghe, an economics student at University of Salford, Greater Manchester, who was accused of rape and subjected to a court ordeal after a lady he had sex with claimed she thought she had been sleeping with a different man, has been found innocent.
Obeghe, was charged with rape while he was 24-year-old, after a shop assistant then 21-year-old(identity undisclosed) he had sex with at his apartment at the end of a drunken night out falsely accused him of rape.
It was said that Obeghe’s accuser, had earlier had drunkenly romping with his friend, Zack Garrigan (pictured right) in the flat, and in the middle of the act with the Nigerian, ran her fingers through his hair and realised she was with the wrong person.
According to reports, she stormed out in anger, contacted the police and within three hours of the sexual encounter Obeghe was arrested in his pyjamas, and had to endure a waiting time of 17-month before he faced trial.
Daily Mail reports that on Wednesday, Obeghe, now 26, fought back tears as the jury of five women and seven men at Bolton Crown Court unanimously acquitted him of rape after just 27 minutes deliberation.
“I could tell she was drunk – her and Zack were the same,” he said. “Music was playing and they were kissing and then went into my bedroom.
“I sat there thinking ‘what have I done’ bringing them back here because I had work the next day. I saw Zack coming out, first naked and I was saying ‘come on I need to go to bed.’
“I asked him ‘are you guys leaving?’ but he was not really paying attention to what I was saying and I said ‘I’m going to go and get her out.’
“I walked into the bedroom sat on the bed and started nudging the woman saying ‘go and meet Zack in the living room’. At first I lay there thinking ‘finally I can go to bed’ but she grabbed me.
“I was just thinking ‘I didn’t really want to have sex with her’ but I’m a human being and if you get touched like that you have a motivation to move on. I figured she was probably very drunk but she grabbed me saying ‘come on Zack’ then I realised she’s thinking I’m Zack so I jumped off the bed and jumped out of the room.
“I went into the living room and told Zack: ‘Man you will not believe what she’s just done’. Zack was sort of laughing and then I saw her storming out and she was screaming. I was in shock. I didn’t climb on top of her and kiss her,” Obeghe had told the court.