A police officer is on trial accused of rape five years after making a 21-year-old woman pregnant at the end of a night out drinking.
A court sitting today, October 6, heard that a 35-year-old police officer raped a woman 14 years his junior and got her pregnant when she was drunk,
The police officer identified as Ben Lister was a serving officer with West Yorkshire Police when it is alleged he sexually assaulted the woman after a night out.
Bradford court heard Lister had given the woman a ‘peck on the lips in the Acapulco nightclub, Halifax, West Yorkshire, earlier in the evening of August 29, 2016.
But the woman told a friend who was out with them:
‘He’s not my type. He is too old for me’.
The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said:
‘She told me he had a girlfriend. I was scared because he was old. I was just in shock.’
The group of friends got drunk before returning to one of their homes where Lister and the complainant slept on separate sofas in the living room.
She said: ‘I was paralytic. I was literally going all over the place. I was 10 out of 10 drunk.’
The woman said she couldn’t remember Ben Lister having sex with her after he dragged her onto the floor.
Tearfully, she recalled:
‘I have always known what happened to me. I have flashbacks in my head. I have nightmares about it – his head above me and his hand on my chest.’
A month later the woman realized she was pregnant, but told friends the baby was her ex-boyfriend’s.
However, a work colleague who saw photos of Lister on Facebook commented:
‘How much does your baby look like him, Lister’.
The court heard that the complainant did not report the alleged rape to the police until January 7, 2020.
Before that, she had seen the police officer on Facebook and saw pictures of him, his wife, and his child. She told the jury how much her baby looked like his and his wife’s baby.
DNA tests carried out identified Ben Lister as the complainant’s child’s father, the trial has been told.
Although the police officer has denied charges of rape and sexual assault, the trial is expected to continue until Thursday.
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