Havant man is cleared of rape

Jack Sullivan was cleared at Portsmouth Crown Court of trying to rape a woman
Jack Sullivan was cleared at Portsmouth Crown Court of trying to rape a woman
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A MAN has told of his relief after a jury cleared him of raping a woman.

Jack Sullivan was found not guilty after a four-day trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

The 20-year-old broke down and wept in the dock as the verdict was read out.

Speaking outside the court he said: ‘It’s been horrible.

‘I’m glad I’ve finally proved that I’m not some sort of dirty rapist.’

Mr Sullivan, of Bedhampton Way, Havant, was accused of raping a 20-year-old woman he knew after the pair had consensual sex.

She cannot be named for legal reasons.

Prosecutors had alleged Sullivan continued when the woman did not want him to – but a jury of 12 returned a not guilty verdict in relation to one charge of rape after deliberating for 100 minutes.

The court had heard the pair had enjoyed having rough sex together on a previous occasion.

Stephen Smyth, defending, had told jurors someone had overheard the woman talking about what happened on the phone.

He said this person then suggested to the woman she was raped.

Mr Smyth told the court: ‘What goes through her mind? She’s getting, as a result of somebody saying it’s rape, a lot of attention.

‘When you suddenly get lots of attention and the police have been called, the wheels start turning and it’s pretty difficult, if you’re her, it’s pretty difficult to actually say it wasn’t a rape.’

The court also heard the woman had not wanted Mr Sullivan to get into trouble.

Mr Sullivan, who suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, was invited to visit the woman and the pair spent the evening in Portsmouth drinking.

They had sex in the early hours last year when the woman suffered an injury to her face. The court heard this was caused by accident.

Mr Sullivan was arrested at Portsmouth & Southsea railway station and questioned by police before he was charged. He was 19 when he was arrested, as was the woman.

Mr Smyth added: ‘There’s nothing to support what she says, nothing to back up what she says happened.’

Recorder Michael Fitton QC discharged the jury after they returned the verdict.