Former student arrested after he texted victim a year later saying 'I am really sorry for raping you'
A former Oxford PhD student facing rape allegations was arrested after sending his accuser an apology by text message a year after the alleged attack, a UK court has heard.
Statistician Sherman Ip, a physicist now enrolled at another British university, is charged with raping a woman in his student flat in Euston Square, London. His arrest came after the woman went to police after getting a text that said: "I am really sorry for raping you," The Telegraph reported.
The attack allegedly happened whilst Ip was studying at University College London in May 2013. He is on trial at London's Southwark Crown Court.
Jurors were told how Ip, 25, had attacked the woman after she visited him at home, The Telegraph reported.
Distraught, the woman is believed to have fled the flat in tears, later sending a text message to Ip stating that what he allegedly did had been wrong.
The court heard she didn't report the matter to the police, but changed course in October 2014 when he contacted her again.
The message, which was shown to the court, read: "I am so sorry for emotionally abusing you and manipulating you to do things you didn't want to do. I am really sorry for raping you. I am really sorry for hurting you. It's all my fault."
Ip denies the charge. In 2015 Ip moved to Oxford University for the first year of his PhD.
The trial continues.