Woman tells court she didn't report rape as her alleged attacker was a police officer (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Woman tells court she didn't report rape as her alleged attacker was a police officer
4:47pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A RAPE victim has told a jury she did not report the crime at the time because her attacker was a police officer.
Wayne Scott, formerly of Stockton, is accused of one charge of rape, one of attempted rape and sexually assault between June 2006 and December 2007.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that the 37-year-old was a serving police officer at the time of the alleged attacks.
Mr Scott denies the charges.
Under re-examination by Christine Egerton the victim explained why she failed to report the rape when it occurred.
The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: "I didn't see the point with him being a police officer. I didn't think anybody would take me seriously."
Earlier defence barrister Tom Roberts QC challenged the witness's version of events of the two separate allegations.
During the first alleged incident, Mr Scott is accused of attempting to rape the witness and carrying out a sexual assault.
Mr Roberts said the defendant had not pulled off her jeans and knickers, but had stopped when the witness asked him to.
He said: "I put it to you that he went to undo your trousers, you said no and he stopped and that was it."
The victim rebutted the claims, saying "no".
Mr Roberts also suggested that the victim did not scream in an attempt to alert the neighbours during the attack which is alleged to have happened in the defendant’s home.
Again the woman denied this, saying there was screaming.
Dealing with the allegation of rape that occurred in the defendant's car following consensual sex, Mr Roberts said the alleged victim did not report the attack as she had given Mr Scott the benefit of the doubt.
The victim accepted she had not reported the attack because she was unsure about what had happened due to Mr Scott's reaction when he said he could not understand why she was so upset with him.
A male friend of the victim told jurors that he had encouraged her to report the rape as the alleged attacker was a police officer.
The trial continues.