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Footballer Ali Fuseini 'aided in alleyway sex attack'

A professional footballer watched while an 18-year-old woman was forced to perform a sex act in an alleyway in south-east London, a court has heard.

Lincoln City midfielder Ali Fuseini, 23, who denies kidnap and aiding and abetting rape, became involved in the attack on the Rwandan student, Blackfriars Crown Court was told.

The teenager was picked up from a club last May in a car driven by Mr Fuseini.

Jurors heard the sex attack was carried out by a passenger in his car.

The jury was told that Billy Davies, 25, of High Street, Bromley, Kent, attacked the student after pushing, pulling and leading her from a car near the Old Kent Road in south-east London on 16 May.

The victim had been picked up by Mr Davies, Mr Fuseini and another man, Samuel Shyllon, 23, of Lynton Road, Bermondsey, south-east London, as a club closed in the Clerkenwell area of central London.

She was wondering how to get home, and Mr Davies had started to chat to her, saying he would give her a lift if she gave him her mobile number, John Jones, prosecuting, said.

'Dragged into alley'

Before long she realised that she was not being delivered home, Mr Jones told the jury.

After a stop at a take-away shop, the victim was led out of the car by Mr Davies to a secluded alleyway underneath an external staircase and attacked by him.

The woman told the court how she was "dragged" into the alleyway and forced to perform a sex act by Mr Davies.

"He was holding me by my neck, he was strangling me, that's when he dropped me on to the floor.

"His phone started ringing - it was his friends telling him to hurry up."

Mr Jones told the court: "The three defendants were all involved together."

Mr Shyllon and Mr Fuseini, of Forest Hill in south-east London, watched what was going on in the alleyway, the court heard.

The League Two footballer was traced by the car he had been driving, Mr Jones added.

Mr Davies denies kidnap, rape, and attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle.

Mr Shyllon denies kidnap, aiding and abetting rape and perverting the course of justice.

The trial was adjourned until Tuesday.

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