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Swimmer accused of raping teen after she had sex with Team GB pal walks free

by ZwemZa on September 11th, 2017
Commonwealth Games swimmer Otto Putland, 23, was accused of forcing himself on the 19-year-old woman after she had consensual sex with his best friend Ieuan Lloyd after a night out.

A jury at Cardiff Crown Court cleared him of one charge of rape but was discharged after failing to reach a verdict on the other on Friday.

A decision will be made later about a possible re-trial.

Otto Putalnd

SWIMMER: Putland was accused of forcing himself on the 19-year-old woman (PA)

“Otto came in and started taking his shoes off” Girl

The student said she slept with Mr Lloyd – a two-time Olympian who swam at London 2012 and Rio 2016 – after bumping into him at a nightclub.

But she said he then “abandoned” her and welcomed friend Putland into his bedroom, before switching off the bedroom light and closing the door behind him.

The court heard the girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – said: “Otto came in and started taking his shoes off, so I texted my friend for help because I thought something might happen.

Otto Putland

TRIAL: A jury at Cardiff Crown Court cleared Putland of one charge of rape (WALES NEWS SERVICE)

“I told him: ‘What are you doing – you can’t just pass me around’.

“He said: ‘We’re not passing you around.’”

She said Putland kept kissing her, asked if she wanted him to put a condom on then entered her, saying: “Don’t worry it’s only the tip.”

She told the court she blacked out and when she came round Putland was having sex with her.

Otto Putland

COMMONWEALTH: Putland is a top swimmer (PA)

Timothy Evans, defending, pointed out no text sent by the girl to a friend asking for help had ever been found.

Mr Evans said: “There’s nothing consistent at all in the evidence from the witnesses.

“Putland does not know why she’s made this up.”

Putland, of Dinedor, Hereford, denied two counts of rape.

dailystar.co.uk

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