Cherries player Steve Cook not guilty of sexual assault

Bournemouth Echo: Cherries player Steve Cook not guilty of sexual assault Cherries player Steve Cook not guilty of sexual assault

CHERRIES player Steve Cook has been acquitted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Along with Brighton and Hove Albion players Lewis Dunk, Anton Rodgers and George Barker, Mr Cook was found not guilty at the Old Bailey of assaulting the 19-year-old in a Brighton hotel room.

Mr Cook, 22, Mr Rodgers, 20, Mr Dunk, 21, and Mr Barker, 21, had maintained their innocence throughout and all have now been cleared of voyeurism too.

Mr Cook had told the court he was "shocked" when he was first arrested, and denied exposing himself in the Jurys Inn room of Brighton and Hove Albion players Anton Rodgers and Ben Sampayo, or encouraging his then teammates to expose themselves.

The men faced a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict in February. In his evidence at the Old Bailey, Mr Cook told the jury he had joined other Albion players as they celebrated the club's victory in the Sussex Senior Cup on July 16, 2011.

After becoming separated from his teammates in a chip shop, he met up with them and a girl he said have never met before at Brighton Railway Station before walking to the nearby Jurys Inn Hotel.

He then went to a hotel room shared by two of his teammates where he said he bedded down on the floor of the hotel room while a young woman climbed into the bed between two other footballers.

He said he kept all his clothes on except for his trainers because he was not expecting to stay the whole night in the room. Rodgers's father – the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, was among those watching the court proceedings.

Richard Barton, prosecuting had said the woman woke up at the Jury's Inn hotel to find her strapless dress pulled down and said she saw explicit pictures on Rodgers' mobile phone.

But despite forensic tests on all the players' phones, only one photograph was found on Barker's phone.

It showed the sleeping woman with shaving foam spelling out GB on her thigh. Barker was next to her doing a thumbs-up sign and smiling.

Another player, Leon Redwood, said he went into the room at night and sprayed the foam.

The woman was said to have ``told a pack of lies'' following the incident and agreed she lied to police and her employers but said she had been humiliated by the sportsmen.

She complained to police about the players six months later after getting into a volatile relationship with another player, Kazenga LuaLua.

He wound her up about her photographs being shown around the club and kidded her that a video would be put on YouTube.

But Police have been unable to find anyone at the club who had seen pictures of the woman.p She said she was not drunk and could remember nothing after taking a drink in the club.

But her friend said they had each drunk between 10 and 15 shots of alcohol and shared a bottle of wine.

Dunk was found not guilty of the voyeurism charge at an earlier hearing.

There were tears in the public gallery from the mothers and girlfriends of the footballers as the seven men and five women returned their verdicts.

The young sportsmen were released from the dock and wept in a group hug outside where they were comforted by their families.

AFC Bournemouth released a statement saying the club “is aware of today's verdict in the trial of defender Steve Cook and looks forward to Steve returning for pre-season training in June”.

It added: “After a difficult year for Steve, we hope he can now put everything behind him and concentrate on playing football for AFC Bournemouth.

“No further comment will be made on the matter.”

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1:31pm Fri 24 May 13

High Treason says...

OK. Not guilty but what sort of person takes photos of the woman and what sort of person finds group sex a pleasure. Apparently the 4 found not guilty.
OK. Not guilty but what sort of person takes photos of the woman and what sort of person finds group sex a pleasure. Apparently the 4 found not guilty. High Treason
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1:32pm Fri 24 May 13

DansAFCB says...

Congratulations Cookie. I hope she is now charged with wasting Police time. This happens far too easy with some female's and it is about time the law perhaps comes down on the side of men in the first instance.
Fantastic season for the Cherries by all accounts with that hanging over you! UTCIAD
Congratulations Cookie. I hope she is now charged with wasting Police time. This happens far too easy with some female's and it is about time the law perhaps comes down on the side of men in the first instance. Fantastic season for the Cherries by all accounts with that hanging over you! UTCIAD DansAFCB
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1:33pm Fri 24 May 13

Mike Oxbig says...

High Treason wrote:
OK. Not guilty but what sort of person takes photos of the woman and what sort of person finds group sex a pleasure. Apparently the 4 found not guilty.
Don't knock it 'till you've tried it, baby.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: OK. Not guilty but what sort of person takes photos of the woman and what sort of person finds group sex a pleasure. Apparently the 4 found not guilty.[/p][/quote]Don't knock it 'till you've tried it, baby. Mike Oxbig
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1:38pm Fri 24 May 13

High Treason says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
High Treason wrote:
OK. Not guilty but what sort of person takes photos of the woman and what sort of person finds group sex a pleasure. Apparently the 4 found not guilty.
Don't knock it 'till you've tried it, baby.
**** you say! No thanks.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: OK. Not guilty but what sort of person takes photos of the woman and what sort of person finds group sex a pleasure. Apparently the 4 found not guilty.[/p][/quote]Don't knock it 'till you've tried it, baby.[/p][/quote]**** you say! No thanks. High Treason
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1:43pm Fri 24 May 13

Eddie's dog says...

A comments 'board' is not appropriate at the moment - please Echo journos/editor use some intelligence.
A comments 'board' is not appropriate at the moment - please Echo journos/editor use some intelligence. Eddie's dog
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1:44pm Fri 24 May 13

Jim_Springbourne says...

The first two posts... I suspect the truth is some way between the two!

There will be a lot of young men up and down the country who will have been in similar situations, i.e. drunken high jinks in their eyes but who don't realise how close to the law they are running.
The first two posts... I suspect the truth is some way between the two! There will be a lot of young men up and down the country who will have been in similar situations, i.e. drunken high jinks in their eyes but who don't realise how close to the law they are running. Jim_Springbourne
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1:48pm Fri 24 May 13

bournered26 says...

High Treason wrote:
OK. Not guilty but what sort of person takes photos of the woman and what sort of person finds group sex a pleasure. Apparently the 4 found not guilty.
Have you not followed the case ???
None of the falsely accused had sex with the young woman !!!!
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: OK. Not guilty but what sort of person takes photos of the woman and what sort of person finds group sex a pleasure. Apparently the 4 found not guilty.[/p][/quote]Have you not followed the case ??? None of the falsely accused had sex with the young woman !!!! bournered26
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1:51pm Fri 24 May 13

High Treason says...

Eddie's dog wrote:
A comments 'board' is not appropriate at the moment - please Echo journos/editor use some intelligence.
WHY?
Is it because we must not have any bad publicity about a footballer who plays for the local club? Of course it is, the case does little to improve the image of football.
[quote][p][bold]Eddie's dog[/bold] wrote: A comments 'board' is not appropriate at the moment - please Echo journos/editor use some intelligence.[/p][/quote]WHY? Is it because we must not have any bad publicity about a footballer who plays for the local club? Of course it is, the case does little to improve the image of football. High Treason
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1:56pm Fri 24 May 13

bournered26 says...

High Treason wrote:
Eddie's dog wrote:
A comments 'board' is not appropriate at the moment - please Echo journos/editor use some intelligence.
WHY?
Is it because we must not have any bad publicity about a footballer who plays for the local club? Of course it is, the case does little to improve the image of football.
I think you will find it does little for the image of a young woman who is unable to tell the truth and hopefully will be named and shamed and charged with wasting police time not to mention 2 trials at an enormous cost to us tax payers.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eddie's dog[/bold] wrote: A comments 'board' is not appropriate at the moment - please Echo journos/editor use some intelligence.[/p][/quote]WHY? Is it because we must not have any bad publicity about a footballer who plays for the local club? Of course it is, the case does little to improve the image of football.[/p][/quote]I think you will find it does little for the image of a young woman who is unable to tell the truth and hopefully will be named and shamed and charged with wasting police time not to mention 2 trials at an enormous cost to us tax payers. bournered26
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1:56pm Fri 24 May 13

Afcbpete says...

Not guilty, Steve can get on with his life and career. Let us move on as well...
Not guilty, Steve can get on with his life and career. Let us move on as well... Afcbpete
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2:01pm Fri 24 May 13

trigg_travers91 says...

Hopefully with the summer break and a new league there'll be no more 'She said no Cookie...she said no!' chants!
Hopefully with the summer break and a new league there'll be no more 'She said no Cookie...she said no!' chants! trigg_travers91
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2:16pm Fri 24 May 13

samjdavis says...

So we know the names of the people found guilty, but don't know the name of the girl who ad,itted she lied, and has wasted taxpayers money and court hours.

Love Britain.
So we know the names of the people found guilty, but don't know the name of the girl who ad,itted she lied, and has wasted taxpayers money and court hours. Love Britain. samjdavis
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2:21pm Fri 24 May 13

bournered26 says...

samjdavis wrote:
So we know the names of the people found guilty, but don't know the name of the girl who ad,itted she lied, and has wasted taxpayers money and court hours.

Love Britain.
Think you will find they were not guilty but agree with your comments !!
[quote][p][bold]samjdavis[/bold] wrote: So we know the names of the people found guilty, but don't know the name of the girl who ad,itted she lied, and has wasted taxpayers money and court hours. Love Britain.[/p][/quote]Think you will find they were not guilty but agree with your comments !! bournered26
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2:22pm Fri 24 May 13

WHYNOT says...

samjdavis wrote:
So we know the names of the people found guilty, but don't know the name of the girl who ad,itted she lied, and has wasted taxpayers money and court hours.

Love Britain.
guilty ?
[quote][p][bold]samjdavis[/bold] wrote: So we know the names of the people found guilty, but don't know the name of the girl who ad,itted she lied, and has wasted taxpayers money and court hours. Love Britain.[/p][/quote]guilty ? WHYNOT
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2:26pm Fri 24 May 13

mark.s says...

It's all done and dusted, time for all to move on.
It's all done and dusted, time for all to move on. mark.s
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3:11pm Fri 24 May 13

devon fan says...

please take this as a lessen to be learned Steve, you have a promising career ahead of you, do not get involved in situations like this, turn around and walk away, good luck for the future
please take this as a lessen to be learned Steve, you have a promising career ahead of you, do not get involved in situations like this, turn around and walk away, good luck for the future devon fan
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3:42pm Fri 24 May 13

rozmister says...

High Treason wrote:
OK. Not guilty but what sort of person takes photos of the woman and what sort of person finds group sex a pleasure. Apparently the 4 found not guilty.
I understand group sex is not your cup of tea, it's not mine either. But for it to be sex and not people happening to be in the room at the same time I think most, if not all, of the people involved need to be naked and together.

It says in this article that he was fully clothed and bedding down on the floor...doesn't really sound like an orgy.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: OK. Not guilty but what sort of person takes photos of the woman and what sort of person finds group sex a pleasure. Apparently the 4 found not guilty.[/p][/quote]I understand group sex is not your cup of tea, it's not mine either. But for it to be sex and not people happening to be in the room at the same time I think most, if not all, of the people involved need to be naked and together. It says in this article that he was fully clothed and bedding down on the floor...doesn't really sound like an orgy. rozmister
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3:59pm Fri 24 May 13

Loyal2AFCB says...

I suspect this is not the outcome that the Echo had hoped for. Unlucky Echo!
I suspect this is not the outcome that the Echo had hoped for. Unlucky Echo! Loyal2AFCB
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4:10pm Fri 24 May 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Good to see Steve cleared, he has been immense as a player with this hanging over him!
UTC
Good to see Steve cleared, he has been immense as a player with this hanging over him! UTC TedMacsCherryPants
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5:30pm Fri 24 May 13

stevobath says...

High Treason wrote:
OK. Not guilty but what sort of person takes photos of the woman and what sort of person finds group sex a pleasure. Apparently the 4 found not guilty.
NOT GUILTY..Also are you privy to knowledge about group sex taking place? As for 'who finds group sex a pleasure?' Well hate to shock you, but there are plenty who do.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: OK. Not guilty but what sort of person takes photos of the woman and what sort of person finds group sex a pleasure. Apparently the 4 found not guilty.[/p][/quote]NOT GUILTY..Also are you privy to knowledge about group sex taking place? As for 'who finds group sex a pleasure?' Well hate to shock you, but there are plenty who do. stevobath
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5:35pm Fri 24 May 13

sea poole says...

High Treason -think it's time to quit on this thread -think you're on to a loser...!
High Treason -think it's time to quit on this thread -think you're on to a loser...! sea poole
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7:36pm Fri 24 May 13

High Treason says...

sea poole wrote:
High Treason -think it's time to quit on this thread -think you're on to a loser...!
Die hard footie fans only ever see what they want to to see.
I guarantee if it was their sister or daughter they would still support the accused.
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: High Treason -think it's time to quit on this thread -think you're on to a loser...![/p][/quote]Die hard footie fans only ever see what they want to to see. I guarantee if it was their sister or daughter they would still support the accused. High Treason
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9:50pm Fri 24 May 13

sea poole says...

High Treason -rather sweeping statement? Possibly spewed out of acrimonious bile? Obviously you don't see any issues in terms of 'grey.' Rather black and white to you.
High Treason -rather sweeping statement? Possibly spewed out of acrimonious bile? Obviously you don't see any issues in terms of 'grey.' Rather black and white to you. sea poole
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