|Property developer Ehsan Abdulaziz, 46, was accused of forcing himself on |
a teenager as she slept on the sofa of his Maida Vale flat.
A Saudi millionaire who claims he accidentally fell on and penetrated an 18-year-old woman in Britain has been cleared of one count of rape.
Ehsan Abdulaziz, 46, was accused of raping the woman as she slept on his sofa after bringing her and her 24-year-old friend home from a London nightclub, the Telegraph reports.
The woman was with her friend, who was known to Abdulaziz, at the Cirque le Soir nightclub on Aug. 7, 2014. After inviting both to join him at his CA$2,000-a-night table, the millionaire brought the two women back to his home.
The court heard Abdulaziz gave the two women vodka to drink before leading the 24-year-old woman to another room to have sex. When the 18-year-old awoke the next morning, she told the court Abdulaziz was on top of her and raping her.
Abdulaziz said he accidentally fell on the 18-year-old woman after she seduced him. He said she pulled him toward her and placed his hand between her legs. He claimed he was only trying to offer her something to wear or a taxi ride home.
“I’m fragile,” he said. “I fell down but nothing ever happened, between me and this girl nothing ever happened.”
His DNA was found inside the 18-year-old girl and he claims he could have had semen on his hands after having sex with her 24-year-old friend.
Prosecutor Jonathan Davies accused Abdulaziz of changing his story after being confronted with the DNA evidence.
“On this occasion he said after he had sex with the complainant’s friend his penis was still erect and he had semen on his hands when he went into the living room,” Davies said.
“He said in the second interview she pushed his hands down on to her vagina. He said that he did fall onto her and his penis may have penetrated her vagina. You may consider, members of the jury, him changing the account he was giving.”
A jury acquitted Abdulaziz after only 30 minutes of deliberations.
The inconsistencies in Abdulaziz's story, or stories, make it obvious that he was not entirely forth-coming. Suggesting he 'accidentally' fell on her, after she pulled him down on top of her is at least very awkward. When someone pulls you down, you don't fall 'accidentally'.
He first said that the semen came from his hands, then he admitted that he may have penetrated her with his penis when he fell. I suppose that's a first ever event. But if the semen came from his penis, then there was more than an accidental, momentary penetration.
So, I am inclined to believe that he should have been found guilty, but am perplexed as to why it took only a half hour for the jury to acquit him. Is this a case a the rich getting preferential treatment in court, or is there much more to this story than has been presented here?