Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Footballer Cleared after Trial for Rape

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Footballer Cleared after Trial for Rape

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Byline: Michael Marsh Content Editor

>Left, Livello bar on Dean Street in Newcastle City Centre, and right, former Sunderland footballer Cabral, who has been cleared of rape FORMER Sunderland footballer Cabral has been cleared of raping a 21-year-old girl who was filmed in bed with two Newcastle footballers 36 hours before his trial.

Mobile phone footage played in court showing the woman in bed with United duo Kevin Mbabu, 21, and Rolando Aarons, 20, nailed the lie she pretended to have no interest in footballers - wrecking her credibility to a jury.

Cabral - real name Adilson Traves Varela - told police it was consensual sex following mutual attraction in the VIP room of Livello nightclub in Newcastle city centre in January last year.

The woman claimed the 27-yearold raped her after inviting him back to his flat with two girls, nightclub promoter Colin Peters, 23, and fellow Sunderland player Anthony Reveillere, 36.

The court heard claims she had chased six black footballers on one Saturday night and visited Livello seven days into the trial only to be kicked out.

She denied claims she was after compensation, insisting she wanted justice and Cabral jailed.

After hearing his account of a fun after-party in a 10-day trial at Hull Crown Court, a jury took just two hours to find him not guilty of two charges of rape.

The alleged victim and her mother and father were not in court to see him cleared.

Cabral, dressed in a blue suit, white shirt and sporting two diamond earrings, unpursed his lips and put his hands to his head. Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, said: "The defendant can of course be discharged. We have all learned things in the course of this trial, which I suspect you may not have wished to have learned.

"The DVD evidence only came to light just before the trial started. We thought the case would only last three days - but it has gone on much longer.

"There was a submission at the end of the prosecution case for the trial to be stopped. …

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