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University rowers accused of raping a sleeping woman before sharing trophy pictures of her on WhatsApp are cleared after trial 





  • Jesse Burgoine, 28, and Artjom Nepryahin, 26, were accused of raping woman 
  • Cleared after being accused raping the alleged victim after meeting in nightclub
  • Was alleged they shared photos on WhatsApp group 'The Gruesome Threesome'
  • Jurors have found both men not guilty of rape following a two week trial

By Amie Gordon For Mailonline

Published: 12:20 EST, 22 December 2016 | Updated: 12:21 EST, 22 December 2016

Two men accused of raping a woman they met at a nightclub before allegedly sharing graphic images in a WhatsApp group, have been cleared following a re-trial.

Jesse Burgoine, 28, and Artjom Nepryahin, 26, were accused of attacking the 23-year-old woman after meeting her at Coco Tang on Bridlesmith Gate in Nottingham in December 2014.

The prosecution had claimed the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was not fully conscious when sexual activity took place at Mr Nepryahin's flat in Nottingham in the early hours of December 21.

Jesse Burgoine, 28 (pictured outside court) Jesse Burgoine, 28 (pictured outside court)
Artjom Nepryahin, 26, (outside court) Artjom Nepryahin, 26, (outside court)

Jesse Burgoine, 28 (left) and Artjom Nepryahin, 26 (right), both pictured outside court, where they were cleared of rape 

Both defendants said the sexual encounter was consensual and denied the woman had passed out.

Jurors found Burgoine, of Wrestlingworth, Bedfordshire, and Nepryahin, of Prestwood Road, Liverpool, not guilty of two charges of rape following a two-week trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Burgoine, who coaches a young women's Great Britain Rowing team, was a longstanding friend of Nepryahin, another keen rower. 

The pair were cleared of rape following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court (pictured) The pair were cleared of rape following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court (pictured)

The pair were cleared of rape following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court (pictured)

Burgoine was making a journey home in December 2014 when he visited Nepryahin, who had a flat in Nottingham at the time, the trial heard.

They went to Coco Tang club in the city where they allegedly saw the woman and danced with her, before she got in a taxi back to the flat with them.

A trial originally took place in July but a re-trial was ordered after jurors failed to reach a verdict.  

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