Search

Former West Ham player Cristian Montano may face retrial after jury fails to reach verdict in rape case

18:00 27 March 2014

Cristian Montano may face a retrial. Picture: PA

Cristian Montano may face a retrial. Picture: PA

EMPICS Sport

A former West Ham star accused of raping a young woman in Romford after his friend had had sex with her may face a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict today.

Midfielder Cristian Montano, 22, allegedly took the woman back to Axiom Apartments, in Mercury Gardens, with two friends and attacked her as she pleaded with him to stop.

The jury found his Andres Hurtado, 23, and Camilo Valencia, 22, not guilty of rape at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

But the panel did not reach a verdict against Montano on the single charge of rape.

The alleged victim, who cannot legally be named, had started chatting to Hurtado and Montano at the Liquid club on July 8, 2012.

She told the court: “My next memory was waking up in the bedroom, naked, with no clothes on.

“One of them was having sex with me.

“I was trying to push him off me but I couldn’t, he was too strong but I was saying ‘Get off me’.

“Immediately after that another guy got into the bed and he penetrated me as well.

“I kept saying ‘No’ but he didn’t say anything and he just kept going.

“I went into the bathroom and sat there for a bit - I felt dirty.”

Hurtado and Montano said they had consensual sex with her. Valencia denied having sex with her.

Montano, who played for Oldham last year after he was released by West Ham, claims the girl had “encouraged” him into bed and he stopped having sex with her because he felt guilty about cheating on his girlfriend.

Montano, of Moston, Greater Manchester, denies rape. Valencia, of Woolridge Way, Hackney and Hurtado, of Pemberton Gardens, Upper Holloway, were cleared of the charge.

A decision on the retrial is expected next Thursday.

Latest News Stories

43 minutes ago
Cllr Benham

Up to 2,000 people could be out of pocket due to a Havering Council blunder caused by “teething problems” in a new system.

Yesterday, 12:33
A portrait of Hayley Anderson (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Hayley Anderson gives her view on happenings in the jungle

Yesterday, 09:00
Troy Townsend and June Kelly posing with England manager Roy Hodgson (right) during the FA 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

Claims teenage footballers were subjected to “monkey actions and noises” during a match are being investigated by FA chiefs.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Musk turtles sold by Tisburys Aquatic Centre

They inspire terror in wayward ducklings, are a menace for anglers and can live for decades. What’s more they’ve made Havering home.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

The final GP in the UAE may not have been a thriller, but it did kind of sum up the season for a lot of drivers.

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.