Newcastle Falcons player 'used fear and force to repeatedly rape woman'

Newcastle Crown Court
Newcastle Crown Court

A professional rugby player used "fear and force" to repeatedly rape a woman who invited him to her home, a court heard.

Zach Kibirige, a winger for Newcastle Falcons who has made appearances for England, subjected his victim to a shocking, one hour ordeal after she asked him over for a "film and a cuddle", it is claimed.

The 21-year-old sportsman denies four charges of rape, one of attempted rape and two sexual assaults.

He is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

Prosecutor Chris Smith told jurors the alleged victim had told Kibirige to "pack it in" when he started the attack.

But he added: "Her request went ignored.

"The bigger, faster and stronger professional rugby player wasn't listening.

"He used fear and force to get what he wanted and then he left."

Mr Smith told jurors Kibirige told the woman "you know you want this " and "tell me you don't want this " during the attack.

He added: "She didn't want it."

During a recorded interview with the police, which has been played at the trial, the alleged victim said: "He came around to watch a film.

"I told him I didn't want anything from the start.

"Within like five to ten minutes he kept trying to put his hands down my trousers, up my top.

"I said I didn't want that.

"I said no, I told him to pack it in."

Mr Smith said the victim "could not have been clearer", during a series of WhatsApp messages, that sex was not her intention that night.

And the victim "said no again" when Kibirige, of Melbourne Street, Newcastle, got to her home, jurors were told.

After the alleged attack, the court heard the woman "sought help" from her housemates.

One of them sent Kibirige an angry Facebook message, calling him a rapist, which the player ignored.

The court heard Kibirige then erased his messaging history with the alleged victim.

Kibirige was arrested and claimed the woman consented to what happened between them.

Mr Smith added: "This is a simple case, did the victim consent, did he have any reasonable grounds for believing she was consenting."

Kibirige denies all charges.

The trial continues.