Bramble brother denies raping woman
The brother of Premier League footballer Titus Bramble told police investigating claims he raped a 19-year-old woman: "They don't just come back to the hotel to go to sleep, they come back for sex," a jury has been told.
Tesfaye Bramble, 30 - brother of Sunderland star Titus - is on trial at Leeds Crown Court accused of raping the woman in the Vermont Hotel, Newcastle, on September 22 last year.
The woman said she met the Bramble brothers and two of their friends in the VIP section of Madame Koo's bar in the city.
After one of the men - Simon Pharoah - helped her take her drunk friend home to the Jesmond area of Newcastle, she gave him a lift back to the hotel where they were all staying and began talking to the men in a room.
In a recorded police interview played to the court, the woman described how one of the men boasted to her about his expensive watch, car and race horses. She said she eventually went to sleep in a single bed in one of the rooms the group was using.
The woman said the white man who helped her with her friend - identified as Mr Pharoah - was in the bed next to her in the locked room. But she said he climbed into her bed before she fell asleep.
When she woke, she told the jury: "A big black figure was on top of me." The woman told the officers: "I was in shock. This isn't right."
She then described how she put her knickers in her bag, grabbed her hair extensions and ran out of the hotel in panic.
The woman told the interviewing officers how she did not really know why she went into the hotel after she gave Mr Pharoah a lift back there. She said he had been kind to her and was "such a nice guy".
Ex-professional footballer Bramble, of Ipswich, denies one count of rape.