In retrial, Henrico man found not guilty of rape outside Innsbrook restaurant

Posted at 5:39 PM, Jun 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-26 17:49:58-04

HENRICO, Va. – A jury found 25-year-old Driton Sulejmani not guilty of rape and sodomy in an alleged crime said to have occurred in Henrico’s Innsbrook, in 2013.

He was convicted of the 2013 attack in Feb. 2014, but a judge overturned that conviction because of inconsistent statements from the victim.

Sulejmani met the woman at a bar and offered to walk her to her car, according to police.

The woman alleged that he then beat her by slamming her head into a brick wall, and then sexually assaulted her.

His lawyer claimed the sex was consensual.

Sulejmani was originally held without bond because of his criminal past. Prosecutors argued the accused’s past showed a history of violence, arguing that his two assault convictions, two DUIs and two marijuana convictions showed he was a danger to the community.

He was married at the time he met the woman at the bar.



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