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Former JLS star Oritse Williams 'raped zombified woman at hotel room'

By Annabal Bagdi | Wolverhampton | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Former JLS pop star Oritse Williams raped a “zombiefied” fan after a solo gig in Wolverhampton, jurors have heard.

Former JLS star Oritse Williams arriving at Wolverhampton Crown Court today

Prosecutors allege the singer and his tour manager Jamien Nagadhana attacked the woman in the city’s Ramada Park Hall Hotel after performing at Gorgeous Nightclub.

The woman had been with her two friends downing free alcohol in the club’s VIP area before one of them “blacked out”, while another vomited and was forced to go home.

Opening the case at Wolverhampton Crown Court, prosecutor Miss Miranda Moore QC said one woman described feeling “drugged”.

She added: “There is no forensic evidence to support the suggestion that they drank anything peculiar but all three remark about it.”

The women and her friends decided to snap photos with Williams after watching him perform solo at the School Street nightclub in December 2016.

Once in the VIP area the trio were invited to stay and enjoy the free drinks, the court heard.

Williams, aged 32, of Croydon, South London, appeared “very taken” with one friend as the group continued to drink and “muck about”.

Williams arriving for his trial where he faces a charge of raping a woman after a concert in Wolverhampton

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All the women then shared a taxi with Williams and Nagadhana to the Park Drive hotel but one then went home.

Miss Moore said the two women then went to the room shared by Williams and Nagadhana, adding: “One member of staff at the hotel remembers the two women as being spaced out and zombiefied.”

Jurors heard the women began “cuddling” when Williams attempted to have sex with the alleged victim as Nagadhana watched. Both women then rushed into the bathroom before leaving the room.

But the alleged victim could not find her phone and returned to the hotel room alone in an attempt to retrieve it, Miss Moore said.

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Williams “jumped” on her, putting her on the bed before raping her while Nagadhana sexually assaulted the victim, Miss Moore said.

Miss Moore added: “And that was her mistake, to go back to the room on her own.

"She will say that she will feel she wasn’t as ‘fighty’ as she should have been, but she was being particularly vocal.

"But Williams was intent on having sex with her. She felt scared and in her words, pathetic.”

Williams denies raping the woman on December 2, 2016, while Nagadhana, also 32, of Hounslow, West London, denies two counts of sexual assault on the same date.

The trial continues.

Annabal Bagdi

By Annabal Bagdi
@AnnabalB_Star

Senior reporter based at head office in Wolverhampton. Get in touch on 01902 319 229 or at annabal.bagdi@expressandstar.co.uk

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