Former St Andrews student wins £80000 damages from man cleared of raping her

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Miss M, now 23, said she felt vindicated by the ruling, adding: “It has taken me five years to get justice, and for society to send Stephen Coxen a message that what he did was wrong.

“To the many, many others who find themselves in a position like this: speak up.

“It is only by telling these stories we can exert the pressure that is so clearly needed to improve our criminal justice system.”

The judgement followed an emotional hearing in June which heard that Coxen, then 18, had driven up from Manchester to visit a friend who was beginning his second year at St Andrews University.

Coxen met the woman, an 18-year-old student, at the Lizard Lounge in the Fife town.

She told the court that during the evening she drank four cans of cider, a bottle of rose wine, a bottle of champagne and three glasses of sparkling wine mixed with vodka.

She said she later woke up naked in her bed to find a naked stranger having sex with her.

She told the earlier hearing she thought she was going to die and had since suffered panic attacks, flashbacks and “night terrors”, for which she had been prescribed medication.

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