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Sunderland issue statement with Jack Diamond cleared of rape and sexual assault

Sunderland have took to issue a statement with Jack Diamond discovering that he has been cleared of rape and sexual assault.

The 23 year old footballer denied attacking the woman at his home in Fatfield, Washington, on the 7th of May 2022.

Newcastle Crown Court were told that the pair had a casual sexual relationship after meeting in 2019, but Jack had stated that all activity between the two was consensual.

The 18 months of Jack Diamond’s life was as described by his lawyer, Eleanor Laws KC, to be a ‘nightmare’.

Court were told that Jack and the woman, who cannot be identified, had an on-off relationship which was “95%” sex, but it was back in May then she went to his home for a “cuddle”, with it claimed that Jack “tried to force himself” upon her.

Jack however told of there being consent for the whole encounter and he stopped touching her when she asked him to.

His legal team argued that the woman had built up feelings for Jack and became upset after he didn’t want a serious relationship.

Jack Diamond was suspended by Sunderland and saw his loan spell at League One club Lincoln City cancelled after receiving the charge back in March 2023.

It took just 15 minutes for a jury of nine women and three men to reach not guilty verdicts on both counts, with it met by cheers and claps from the public gallery and Jack Diamond looked visibly relieved, putting his head in his hands and started to get tearful when the verdict was heard.

 

Diamond told jurors: “Reflecting on it now, maybe shows she wanted some kind of attention, for me to say something more to her, ask her to stay.”

His barrister asked Diamond if he did anything to the woman without consent, to which he said: ‘Absolutely not’.

Miss Laws questioned Diamond if he would ever ‘carry on’ after a woman wanted him to stop and he told the court: ‘I would never, ever think of doing that, ever.’

Laws asked Diamond if he had raped or sexually assaulted the woman and he replied: ‘Absolutely not’.

As she closed her speech, Eleanor Laws KC said he was ‘not the entitled, arrogant footballer who thought the world owed him everything, but a 19-year-old man (when he first met the complainant) who made mistakes.’

Ms Law told jurors: ‘He is not on trial for being immature, he is not on trial for making mistakes, he is not on trial for misreading the signals about whether he had hurt someone.’

SUNDERLAND STATEMENT:

Sunderland AFC notes the verdict from Newcastle Crown Court today, where a jury has found Jack Diamond not guilty of all charges.

Following the conclusion of the judicial process, Jack will now return to the Academy of Light and resume footballing activity.

SAFC will be making no further comment at this time.

JACK’S CAREER SO FAR:

Youth
Sunderland

Senior
2018– Sunderland – 45 games (2 goals)
2019–2020 → Harrogate Town (loan) – 31 games (4 goals)
2021–2022 → Harrogate Town (loan) – 45 games (14 goals)
2022–2023 → Lincoln City (loan) – 36 games (8 goals)

MORE DETAILS ON THE CASE

Jack met a woman on Tinder, a jury has heard, with prosecutors saying Jack Diamond assaulted her at his home in Falstone, Fatfield, Washington on the 7th of May 2022.

Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court, he has denied rape and sexual assault, with it heard that the woman told police she agreed to come over to his place for a “cuddle”, of which she tells police on video, but wanted to “physically throw up” after being attacked.

He is said to have “roughly” groped her, then raped the alleged victim at the property of which he had been been shared with teammate Anthony Patterson at the time.

A jury also heard she was on a course of medication which meant she had to avoid sex.

As per Shields Gazette, Prosecutor David Povall said that Jack Diamond “wanted more than that”.

Mr Povall told jurors: “Eventually she agreed, she consented, to him penetrating her vagina with his fingers. He did that, that was consensual and as he was doing that she pretended to orgasm quickly, in order to bring that to an end.

“He then asked her to hold his penis in her hand as he went to sleep and she did that and agreed to that.”

Mr Povall adds that a short time later, Jack woke up and started to “feel and caress” the woman, but after she asked him to stop, he continued.

He added: “He straddled her as she lay in the bed and despite her protests digitally penetrated her vagina with a finger or fingers.

“This time, she said, roughly, with force, so that it caused her pain.”

Mr Povall told court that Diamond soon stopped, but he “huffed” and acted “rather sulkily” when asking her to give him a masturbation.

He added: “She said no, she didn’t want to and she lay with her back to him while, as far as she could tell, he started to masturbate himself.”

Mr Povall said that while Jack didn’t fully penetrate her by pushing his penis towards the woman’s vagina from behind, this was enough to be classed as rape.

She had “eventually” consented to some sexual activity but then soon woke up to Diamond “caressing her”.

The woman told the officer of the attack: “I’ve never felt that way before. I thought I was going to physically throw up”.

She added that it “felt like it lasted forever”.

Jack Diamond tried to remove the thong from her and then tried to perform the sex act.

It’s also claimed that she heard him typing on his phone, living in fear that he was trying to set up a threesome with Anthony Patterson.

She managed to message her friend to come and get her, then when she told Jack that she was leaving, he replied said “sound”.

Diamond, who was on loan at Lincoln City at the time of the incident, but had his stay terminated. has denied rape and assault by penetration.

He told police when being questioned that it was the woman who initiated sexual contact, which he rejected as he believed she wanted “more”.

She said that Jack Diamond “grabbed her wrists” and also became “quite aggressive” during the alleged rape, telling the police that: “It was like a switch had gone off.”

Jack Diamond said to officers there had been consensual sexual activity but no intercourse, and that the woman was “jealous and possessive”.

Two potential jurors for the trial had to be excluded “out of an abundance of caution” after they said that they were Newcastle United season ticket holders.

The 15 potential panellists were questioned if they were season ticket holders of Newcastle United or Sunderland, and if they were looking to attend the FA Cup meeting this weekend.

Judge Edward Bindloss told potential jurors, as per BBC News: “We want a jury who are able to put aside all issues of support and affiliation and come to a fair and objective view.”

Excluding two of the potential panel, the judge said: “This is not meant in any way as a criticism of them but Mr Diamond is an employee of Sunderland Football Club. Anthony Patterson may or may not be called for the defence.

“The test of bias is not just actual bias but the perception of bias.”

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