An Oxford University PhD student who texted a woman saying ‘I am really sorry for raping you’ is set to walk free from court after a jury failed to reach a verdict.
It is the second time that a jury has failed to reach a verdict on a charge of rape for Sherman Ip, 25, and it is thought to be unlikely prosecutors will pursue a third.
Mr Ip was accused of forcing the woman down on his bed and pulling off her clothes before launching the attack on May 14, 2013.
However, he told Southwark Crown Court ‘she consented’ and that he thought ‘everything was normal’ when they had sex at her parent’s house the following day.
The woman, who cannot be identified, claimed she fled Ip’s flat in tears after he forced her onto his bed, pulled her clothes off, and raped her.
Southwark Crown Court heard she sent him a private Facebook message saying what happened was ‘semi-rape’ and pressed charges in October 2014 after receiving a text from him saying: ‘I am really sorry for raping you.’
But Ip told jurors he sent the apology because: ‘I wanted to get [her] back and I would do anything to get back with her.’
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