Cambridge University student answered door 'in tears' after 'sex attack'

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Mr Erogbogbo represented Cambridge University in the Varsity match against Oxford in 2015 and 2016

A fellow Cambridge University student has described seeing a woman leaving her room in tears on the night of an alleged rape attempt.

Former Cambridge University rugby player Oluwadamilola Erogbogbo, 23, of Kiln Place, Camden, denies attempted rape and sexual assault.

The witness said his friend had come out of her room in a "panicked" state following the alleged attack in 2015.

But Mr Erogbogbo told Cambridge Crown Court he "did not touch" the woman.

The jury had previously heard the defendant and the woman, who had slept together before, had a "blazing row" in a nightclub on 5 November 2015.

The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court on Friday that he had gone to the alleged victim's college room after receiving messages from her in the early hours of the morning.

In the messages she said Mr Erogbogbo, known as Lola, was in her room.

When the witness turned up with another friend and knocked on the door he said the woman had come out of her room crying.

The witness told jurors how the woman had claimed "Lola had undressed himself and forced himself on her".

'Wanted her to apologise'

In his evidence, politics student Mr Erogbogbo told the court he was upset when during the row at the nightclub the alleged victim described him as a "rapist", in reference to him having multiple sexual partners.

The defendant said he went back to her room after the argument and told the court he had wanted her to apologise.

He said: "Looking back I was quite upset and not acting in the right way.

"But I was so upset from what had happened. So embarrassed and mortified that someone would call me a rapist."

After the alleged victim left her room, Mr Erogbogbo said he tried to call her because he was still angry and had waited outside her college.

Later that morning they discussed their argument via messages, which were read to the court, and there was a suggestion they should meet for coffee to talk it through, the court heard.

The trial continues.

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