08:00 Wednesday 12 December 2012

Guilty of rape

Written byPETER RICHARDSON

AN ‘arrogant’ former Burton Albion footballer found guilty of raping a graduate from whom he ‘expected’ sex has been jailed for five years.

Patrick Ada
Patrick Ada

Patrick Ada, 27, ignored the 25-year-old trainee solicitor’s tears as he also forced her to perform a sexual act on him.

A jury of seven men and five women found Cameroon-born Ada, who was playing for the Brewers at the time of the rape, guilty at Woolwich Crown Court yesterday.

Sentencing Ada, His Honour Judge Stuart Rafferty QC condemned the footballer’s ‘arrogance’, saying: “Youc ame into the home of the young victim at a time when her daughter was in another room.

“She was not interested in any sexual contact, but you wanted and expected it.

“You have shown no remorse and you have not got the faintest idea what you put this woman through.

“Whether or not that comes from being a professional footballer I don’t know, but arrogance like that is simply not acceptable in this society.”

Ada met the woman at a club in London’s West End on February 28.

Theymet up the following night at the home she shared with her young daughter and a friend, but Ada arrived alone.

His demeanour later changed andh e told her he had made ‘the effort and sacrifice’ to come to her before forcing himself on her and making her perform sex acts.

Ada later phoned the victim’s friend, saying: “I am sorry I forced her, but she had led me on,” the court heard.

When Ada was arrested the next day during anAlbion training session at St George’s Park, he initially denied he had touched the woman, but later told detectives he knew his victim’s ‘type’, claiming they wanted to go out with a footballer for a more glamorous life. He also claimed his victim had been‘overtly’ sexual to him.

Judge Rafferty added: “If the consequences for you are devastating, the consequences for her (the victim) are far greater.

“She has suffered in terms of her career and has been unable to have a relationship with a man since.”

Peter Clement, prosecuting, said the offence was “borne out of presumption and belief by Ada that the woman wanted to have sex with him.”

Mr Clement said: “A presumption the prosecution suggests was borne out of nothing more than arrogance – not a manmisreading a situation, not a man that simply made an error of judgement.”

Ada claimed the rape complaint against him was false and malicious, aimed at wrecking his career as a footballer.

A spokesman for Burton Albion said: “Following the charge made against Ada, the player held talks with club officials in which he vehemently denied the allegation against him and gave the club assurances of his actions.

“On this basis the player continued to represent the club until the end of the season when he made a total of nine appearances.

“Ada was then released from the club at the end of his contract by the current manager Gary Rowett.”

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