Sheffield rapist fails at first hurdle to overturn jail sentence

High Court in London: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
High Court in London: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A Sheffield rapist’s bid to clear his name has fallen at the first hurdle after top judges rejected claims that fresh evidence could cast doubt on his conviction.

George Githninji Nguthiru, of Becket Road, Lowedges, was jailed for seven and a half years at Sheffield Crown Court, in June last year, after he was convicted of rape.

Nguthiru, 40, raped a young woman in her home after meeting her in a bar in the city, Lord Justice Laws told London’s Appeal Court.

She said: “Undoubtedly sexual intercourse took place. She said it was without her consent and that she made this clear to Nguthiru who couldn’t reasonably have believed that she did consent.”

The key issue at Nguthiru’s trial was whether the woman had been willing - as he insisted - or whether he forced himself on her.

Nguthiru claimed she not only agreed to sex but was an ‘enthusiastic instigator’.

Challenging the guilty verdict, Nguthiru claimed photographic evidence from his mobile phone would confirm his account of what the woman wore. He argued jurors may have taken a different view of the woman’s credibility had they viewed that evidence.

However, Lord Justice Laws, sitting with Mr Justice Green and Mr Justice Hickinbottom, said the new evidence was of dubious value.

She said: “We don’t consider that any of the grounds put forward are arguable, none has any real merit.”