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Jury out in Atik barman rape trial at Oxford Crown Court

Atik. Picture: Google Maps

Atik. Picture: Google Maps

JURORS in the trial of an alleged rape of a student in Oxford have begun their deliberations.

Prosecutors claim that Bajram Bershini plied a student with free drinks before raping her at his home.

The 22-year-old of Brearley Street, Birmingham was working as a barman at the Atik club in Oxford at the time of the alleged rape on a night in February 2018.

READ AGAIN: The latest from the trial last week.

During his trial at Oxford Crown Court it was said that Bershini ripped the woman’s clothing during the early hours attack at his home in Oxford.

In an interview with police the woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – claimed she was ‘terrified’ during her ordeal.

From the witness box Bershini said the sex had been consensual.

He told jurors: “I would not do such a thing, I am not an evil guy.”

Last week as the case reached its final stages jurors heard closing speeches from prosecutors and the defence, before the case was summed up by presiding Judge Maria Lamb.

On Friday the jury was sent out to begin their deliberations in order to reach a verdict.

Jurors are expected to recommence their deliberations again tomorrow afternoon.

Bershini denies the single count of rape and the trial continues.

Lohit Soundarajan

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