Lecturer not guilty of raping ex-lover after party

image captionAngus Murr had had a relationship with the woman who accused him of rape

A 47-year-old college lecturer has been found not guilty of raping a young woman at a colleague's home in Bedfordshire after a Christmas party.

A jury at Luton Crown Court took minutes to dismiss the charge against Angus Murr, of Duchess Road, Bedford.

A 22-year-old woman who had made the allegation against divorcee Mr Murr, a lecturer at Bedford College, was not at court for the verdict.

She claimed she was so drunk she passed out and the lecturer had sex with her.

Since the allegation he had been suspended from lecturing on his course.

The court heard the pair had had an affair which was kept secret.

The woman said she got to know the father of three and "an on off relationship" developed between them from March 2008 to May 2009.

Paralytic drunk

After the Christmas party the woman was extremely drunk and was being sick, slipping in and out of sleep on a bean bag.

She said she awoke to find she was wearing only a T-shirt.

She accused Mr Murr of rape and he was arrested later.

Speaking from behind a screen at court she told the court: "How can I consent when I was paralytic drunk?"

Mr Murr told the court: "She was awake because she had her eyes open when we were kissing."

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