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Ex-Charlton, Reading, Colchester player in court charged with raping woman

An ex-Charlton, Reading, Colchester player has appeared in court being charged with raping a woman, reports have confirmed on Monday.

The disgusting act allegedly performed by Callum Harriott was made while she slept after they spent a night out together.

The footballer, who found the net on 12 occasions in 64 appearances for the U’s before he left the League Two club in May 2021, is alleged to have carried out the attack in November 2019.

He appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Friday to face one charge of rape, speaking only to confirm his name and address.

The 27 year old, told the court he had moved from his former Colchester address to Beech Road, Biggin Hill, in Greater London.

Katharine Houghton, prosecuting, told the court the complainant had been put to bed on the night in question as she was intoxicated.

“She woke to find the suspect having sex with her,” she said.

“She had been on a night out with people from her work and she had gone for a meal in Colchester.

“She split off from her group in order to meet with some males from Turtle Bay bar.

“She had been on a night out with the defendant, who was flirting with her during the course of that evening.

“It appears she had been taken to bed and had woken up during the course of the incident.”

Magistrates were told the matter could only be dealt with at a crown court and Harriott was not asked to enter a plea to the charge.

Chairman of the bench Dr James Bettley adjourned the case until a plea and trial preparation hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on the 30th of July.

He said: “You must be there no later than 9.30am.

“Until then you will be released on unconditional bail.

“That means if you fail to attend on July 30, that is an offence in itself for which you could be punished.

“Any offence committed while on bail could be treated more seriously than it otherwise would be.”

HARRIOTT’S CAREER:

Youth career
2003–2011 – Charlton Athletic

Senior career
2011–2016 – Charlton Athletic – 86 games (11 goals)
2015–2016 → Colchester United (loan) – 20 games (5 goals)
2016–2019 – Reading – 25 games (2 goals)
2019–2021 – Colchester United – 58 games (12 goals)

National team
2013 England U19 – 3 games (0 goals)
2019– Guyana – 9 games (1 goal)

Ex-Charlton, Reading, Colchester player in court charged with raping woman

Harriott took to his social media page in May to announce his departure from Colchester United after a one-and-a-half year spell at the club.

He told his followers: “I would like to thank all the fans who have supported me since I’ve been here.

“Good luck to you all next season and I hope you get that promotion.”

Meanwhile, another footballer appeared in court last week.

King’s Lynn Town’s 31 year old defender Rory McAuley has already been charged with conspiring to supply a class A drug and possession of criminal property.

He appeared before Norwich Crown Court via remote link on Friday morning, alongside 29-year-old Ismail Thompson, of Harsnett Close, Norwich, who is also charged with conspiring to supply a class A drug.

McAuley, of George Fox Way, Norwich, is currently on bail following an initial court appearance in May and he was suspended from all football activity by the Linnets last month just three days after the Linnets completed their debut National League campaign.

They endured a memorable 4-4 draw against Aldershot Town at The Walks Stadium, finishing the campaign in 21st place, picking up 31 points from 42 games played.

A statement released on the club’s website, and it said: “Rory McAuley has been suspended from all football activities at King’s Lynn Town Football Club with immediate effect. The club will make a future statement in due course.”

McAuley played a total of 17 times for the Linnets during the National League season, most recently in the 4-1 loss to Chesterfield on the 11th of May.

No pleas were entered during the court hearing on the 2nd of July and both defendants were conditionally bailed to re-appear before the court on the 27th of August.

However, a condition requiring both of them to report to a Norwich police station six days a week was lifted following an application by McAuley’s barrister, Jenni Dempster QC.

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