Australian footballer standing trial for rape charge of 16 year-old girl

North Melbounrne player pleads not guilty to charge, set for hearing on Wednesday

Majak Daw, a 23 year-old Sudanese Australian Football League player has pleaded not guilty to raping a 16 year-old at a party in 2007.

Himself a 16 year-old at the time of the high school incident will now stand trial, with hearing set for Wednesday.

In a statement, the woman admitted to playing a part in the incident after she walked away from the party, stating that she rejected his offer for sex, saying ‘no’ and that she tried to stop him but ti no avail.

She claimed that she screamed “get off me” but Daw put his hand over her mouth to silence her; dding that she was extremely scared and frightened and struck out at her attacker, who then restrained her by holding her hands above her head.

“I knew I was not going to be able to stop him,” she said

Friends of the victim also testified against Daw stating that the victim was “very emotional” when she was eventually found by a female friend after going missing from the party.

“It was hard to get anything out of her,” a male friend said, disclosing that “because she was so emotional” he had to lift her back to the party. “She couldn’t stand up,” he added.

“I do find the evidence is of sufficient weight to support a conviction to all three charges,” sitting magistrate Donna Bakos said.

AFL and Daw’s club, North Melbourne have backed the player and said they will support him.

The victim who is not named for legal reasons decided to pursue the case now, 7 years after the occurrence, having previously said she would not because she “felt disgusted in myself” because she was partly to blame for walking away with Daw from a public gathering initially.

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