CLOSING statements have been heard during the trial of Aggro Santos and Tyrelle Ritchie.
Santos is standing trial at Chichester Crown Court charged with raping a woman at The Ship Hotel in May 2011 after performing at a concert at the University of Chichester.
Richie, 22, of Lambeth, London, is charged with one count of rape as part of the same incident.
In his closing statement Ritchie’s defence lawyer, Richard Furlong said: “Consent is consent is consent. Even if it is accompanied by almost immediate remorse and regret for what has happened.”
Ritchie is alleged to have forced the 16-year-old woman to perform oral sex on him after a group of girls were invited back to what the prosecution described as ‘an after party’ following the concert.
“When an individual has a sexual encounter with someone else that they agreed, that doesn’t mean that they did not consent at the time,” said Mr Furlong.
Mr Furlong urged the jury to consider the ‘ergonomics’ of Richie’s alleged offence, claiming it might not have been physically possible.
Mr Furlong also stressed the significance of evidence by witness Kimberley Harrow, duty manager at the Ship Hotel on the night of the alleged incident.
Mrs Harrow said after being confronted about the alleged incident ‘the two men were confused’ and denied raping the alleged victim.
After Ritchie is alleged to have forced her to perform oral sex, he then asked to have sex with her,the court heard.
Mr Furlong questioned why Ritchie would force her to have oral sex, but then ask permission for another sex act, if he was the ‘sexual beast’ the prosecution was portraying.
Santos and Richie have pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The trial continues