For­mer Macc Town player guilty of sex at­tack on woman

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AFORMER Mac­cles­field Town foot­baller has been sen­tenced to three-and-a -half years in jail in his ab­sence af­ter a jury found him guilty of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a woman he in­vited to stay on his sofa.

Cameroo­nian Guy Madjo was found guilty at Winch­ester Crown Court of the of­fence at his home in Grayshott, Hamp­shire, on Au­gust 17, 2014.

The 31-year-old, who played for Mac­cles­field dur­ing the 2012/13 sea­son, did not at­tend the trial.

A pre­vi­ous hear­ing was told that he was in West Africa and had re­cently played for teams in Gabon as well as the Cameroon na­tional team.

A war­rant for his ar­rest was is­sued by the court in May last year but a de­ci­sion to go ahead with the trial was taken when he failed to re­turn to the coun­try.

Re­becca Austin, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court that the vic­tim had been drink­ing in her lo­cal pub on the pre­vi­ous evening and re­turned to her flat to find she had been locked out by her part­ner.

The woman then got her hand stuck in the let­ter box and called po­lice for help but, while she was on the phone, Madjo, who lived nearby, helped her re­move her hand.

The de­fen­dant in­vited her to stay for the night on the sofa of his home where he lived with his wife, who was at home at the time, and she ac­cepted.

Miss Austin said the woman, who de­scribed her­self as “tipsy”, fell asleep on the sofa but awoke to find her­self be­ing as­saulted by the de­fen­dant. She said: “She im­me­di­ately got up and im­me­di­ately left. Mr Madjo tried to fol­low her and tried to en­cour­age her to come back to his flat and got her by the arm.

“She left, walked away and called the po­lice – she said she was be­ing fol­lowed by him. She ran away from Mr Madjo, she fell and then she hid be­hind a car. She was found by a neigh­bour.”

Miss Austin said Madjo, who plays as a striker, was later ar­rested and added: “He de­nied that the of­fence took place, he de­nied that he touched her sex­u­ally at all.

“He con­tin­ues to deny that to this day.”

Madjo, who played for the Cameroon U23 na­tional side, joined the Silk­men in March 2013.

Over the course of eight games Madjo scored twice, in­clud­ing a 30-yard ef­fort against Cam­bridge United at Moss Rose, end­ing the club’s five-match los­ing streak in the process.

●● Guy Madjo in ac­tion for Alder­shot

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