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Cambridge University rugby player sexually assaulted student after ‘blazing row’

A former Cambridge University rugby player has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a female student in her room after they had a "blazing row" in a nightclub.

Oluwadamilola Erogbogbo, 23, entered the woman's accommodation "uninvited", stripping naked before pushing her on a bed and climbing on top on her, it was heard.

A friend outside heard her say "no, no, no, get off me" and rushed inside to make Erogbogbo leave, the court heard.

A jury at Cambridge Crown Court cleared Erogbogbo, from Camden, London of attempted rape but found him guilty of sexual assault.

Previously, the court heard that Erogbogbo met the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, during Freshers' Week and later visited her in her student accommodation.

The jury heard how the pair had slept together after they met in October 2015 but she "distanced herself from him" after feeling "pressured" during their second encounter.

How events unfolded

Prosecutor Georgina Gibbs said the pair did not see each other again until they had a "blazing row" at a nightclub on November 5, 2015.

Miss Gibbs said the woman and a friend went back to their accommodation but en route, Erogbogbo was calling and messaging her "quite a bit".

He eventually went to her room "uninvited", before he "completely undressed himself unprompted and pushed her on to the bed", the court heard.

Miss Gibbs said he tried to kiss the woman and climbed on top of her but she told him, "No, please don't", and that she was on her period.

She said he then allegedly told the woman "it's fine, it's not a problem", and tried to take out her tampon before she "smacked him".

At that point the friend came into the room and got Erogbogbo to leave, but he sat outside for some time, calling the woman a number of times before eventually leaving, it was heard.

Erogbogbo, also known as Lola, was arrested in June 2016.

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In the dock

In a prepared statement at interview he said: "I have not attempted to rape anyone."

He denied both the charges, saying he was upset when the woman called him a "rapist" during their argument at the nightclub because he allegedly had multiple sexual partners.

He said he had gone to her room because he wanted her to apologise.

Erogbogbo trained at the prestigious Saracens Academy and played at Twickenham against Oxford in 2016.

He is due to be sentenced for the sexual assault charge on December 13.

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