Police officer accused of raping woman after finding out his girlfriend cheated on him denies the allegation, insists he knows what consent means

Police officer accused of raping woman after finding out his girlfriend cheated on him denies the allegation, insists he knows what consent means



A 35-year-old police officer who was accused of allegedly raping and impregnating a young woman after finding out his girlfriend cheated on him, has denied the allegation.



A Bradford Crown Court heard that the sergeant with West Yorkshire Police, had been ‘quite upset’ by his partner’s infidelity. It was further alleged that he had just broken up with his girlfriend on the night he is said to have dragged a 21-year-old woman off a sofa while she was asleep, before sexually touching her as she drifted in and out of consciousness.



The woman had a child as a result of the alleged rape, with DNA tests later showing evidence Lister was the father.



The incident is said to have happened after the police officer went on a night out with a friend in August 2016. Lister’s friend’s fiancée was also out in Halifax with the complainant, a work colleague, and they all met up.



Bradford Crown Court heard the four visited several bars in the town centre and ended up in the Acapulco nightclub. The fiancée told the jury of ten women and two men that she had been out a few times with Lister and his partner Kate, but was not close to either.



She however admitted that she knew in August 2016 that the couple were not on good terms. The lady said;




‘Kate had cheated on him and I don’t if they were working through it or had taken a break'

‘He was quite upset about it. He had not taken it great.’







Though there was an age gap of ten years between Lister and the complainant who had described the alleged attacker as ‘too old for me’, all four got very drunk and caught a taxi back to the engaged couple’s home where the alleged rape took place.



The witness told the jury that the day after the alleged rape the complainant had texted ‘something happened last night’. A month later she discovered she was pregnant, and the witness told the jury she’d asked ‘could it be Ben’s’.



The complainant maintained her ex-boyfriend was the child’s father, though the friend said ‘the baby looked nothing like him’. DNA tests proved Lister to be the child’s father.



Countering the claim, Lister told jurors at Bradford Crown Court how he had sex with the woman after going out for drinks with friends. He insisted that she consented to it.


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