Man Utd ace who was youngest-ever £1m participant ‘raped girl with pal’, courtroom hears

Former Manchester United wonderkid John Cofie allegedly raped a girl together with his pal after an evening out, a courtroom has heard.

Cofie, 30, and pal Nathan Stuart are alleged to have raped the girl after she was too drunk to consent. Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court was advised the trio met throughout an evening out in Altrincham in April 2019. Both Cofie and Stuart deny the costs they face.

The girl had been together with her pal when she met the pair, however was left alone when her pal went residence. Jurors have been advised the alleged sufferer was seen “hanging off” Cofie’s arm earlier than the trio went again to Stuart’s home – the place she was allegedly raped.

Cofie cost £1m when he signed for United in 2007
John Cofie performed within the Manchester United youth system

The courtroom heard that the girl was left “distressed” and she or he was taken to hospital after she started “shaking and hyperventilating”. She was told at the hospital her alcohol intake couldn’t explain her memory loss, nausea, vomiting and headache.

Upon telling Stuart she was feeling unwell, she was allegedly met with the response: “Well, you don’t suppose we spiked you?”

Stuart claimed the pair had sex, before adding Cofie had been present too. The woman accused Stuart of telling her to “neglect it and transfer on” when she she wished to hold out checks with the police.

John Cofie
John Cofie did not make a senior look for Manchester United

Cofie and Stuart have each maintained their innocence, claiming that the person consented. Stuart, of Northwich, Cheshire, denies two counts of rape whereas Cofie, of Sale, Greater Manchester, denies three counts of rape.

Cofie grew to become the youngest million pound footballer in historical past when he moved from Burnley to Manchester United in 2007 at simply 14-years-old. He performed alongside Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard however left the membership in 2013 after failing to make a senior look.

He performed for quite a lot of golf equipment within the EFL pyramid, together with Barnsley, Crawley Town and Wrexham – and final turned out for Global within the Philippines Football League.

The trial continues.