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London rickshaw driver cleared of raping doctor

A rickshaw driver has been cleared of raping a doctor after she had been out drinking in London's West End.

Murat Durmus, 23, of Walthamstow, east London, was acquitted of two counts of rape by a jury at the Old Bailey.

He maintained he had had consensual sex with the woman, aged in her late 20s, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

She had been on a night out with a friend on 5 February 2011 and decided to take a cycle taxi home.

Giving evidence by videolink earlier in the trial, the doctor said she had finished a night shift in a hospital accident and emergency department in the early hours.

She said she then had eight double Bacardis and a shot of sambuca before looking for a cab with her friend.

Lisa Matthews, prosecuting, said: "The CCTV shows the defendant picking her up and putting her into the rickshaw and then driving around.

"Her next memory was being raped by him. That happened, she thought, in the rickshaw."

Durmus was arrested two weeks later and his DNA was a match to evidence.

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