Jail for 'arrogant' footballer Patrick Ada after rape
AN "arrogant" professional footballer found guilty of raping a woman from whom he "expected" sex has been jailed for five years.
Former Burton Albion defender Patrick Ada, 27, ignored the 25-year-old woman's tears as he forced her to perform sex acts on him, a court heard.
Cameroon-born Ada, who was playing for the League Two club at the time of the rape, was found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court.
Sentencing Ada, His Honour Judge Stuart Rafferty QC, deplored the footballer's "arrogance" and said he showed his victim no respect.
He said: "You came into the home of the young victim at a time when her daughter was in another room.
"She felt constrained not to scream out when you attacked her.
"She was not interested in any sexual contact but you wanted and expected it.
"You pushed on when all the lights were on red against you.
"You have shown no remorse and you have not got the faintest idea what you put this woman through. You are only interested in what you want and think you deserve.
"Whether or not that comes from being a professional footballer, I don't know, but arrogance like that is simply not acceptable in this society."
The court heard how Ada met the woman at a club in London's West End in February this year.
It was told that the pair exchanged phone numbers and arranged to meet up the following night at the woman's home.
The jury heard how Ada, now playing for Conference team Ebbsfleet United, suggested bringing a friend along but could not get hold of one. He arrived alone and he, the woman and her friend drank vodka.
But the court was told Ada's demeanour changed after a few hours and he demanded to be with the victim alone.
He told her he had made "the effort and sacrifice" to come to her, before forcing himself on her and making her perform sex acts.
After being told to leave, Ada sent a text saying: "I am sorry, I was drunk" and then, in a phone call to her friend, said: "I am sorry I forced her, but she had led me on," the jury heard.
Ada was arrested the next day at the Brewers' training ground.
The court heard he initially denied that he had touched her.
However, he later told detectives he knew his victim's "type", as they wanted to grab hold of a footballer as it would give them a better and more glamorous life.
Judge Rafferty said: "This will undoubtedly have an effect on your career and you should have thought of that when you set out that night.
"If the consequences for you are devastating, the consequences for her (the victim) are far greater.
"She has suffered in terms of her career and the fear of those who she works with will find out what you did to her."