Student accused of raping drunken woman after house part will not face retrial

A student accused of raping a drunken undergraduate has been told he will not face a retrial.

Saturday, 14th January 2017, 11:31 am
Updated Saturday, 14th January 2017, 11:41 am

Alastair Cooke, a 22-year-old final year student at Durham University, had denied three counts of raping a woman following a house party in the city.

A jury was unable to reach any verdicts following a two-week trial at Durham Crown Court last month.

A court official confirmed that the prosecution offered no evidence at a hearing on Friday, meaning Mr Cooke, from Perranarworthal, Truro, Cornwall, will not be retried.

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It was understood the decision was taken in consultation with the complainant.

According to the Northern Echo newspaper, Mr Cooke did not attend the hearing.