Jury retires to consider verdict in trial of policeman accused of rape

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Police Constable David Longden-Thurgood. Picture by Solent News and Photo Agency.
Police Constable David Longden-Thurgood. Picture by Solent News and Photo Agency.

THE JURY has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a police constable accused raping a woman during a first date after they met on dating app Bumble.

Hampshire Police officer, David Longden-Thurgood is on trial at Winchester Crown Court accused of the rape of the woman, a mother aged in her 30s, in October 2020.

The trial heard that the complainant invited the 48-year-old to her house after the pair had exchanged a series of sexualised messages.

The complainant has told the court that she had been happy to “spoon” with the defendant but had told him she did not want any “funny business” and they were not having sex that night.

The court has heard that after the pair watched television together while they kissed “passionately” she invited him up to her bedroom.

The jury was told that in the bedroom they engaged in sexual acts before the complainant claims the defendant penetrated her despite her having told him that she did not want sex.

She claims he then told her: “I can’t stop, it feels so good,” which the defendant stated in court was a “blatant lie”.

The defendant,  of Waterlooville, Hampshire, added that he later apologised to her for “misreading the situation” but added that he felt that he was being “stitched up” by the complainant.

He continued that he believed she was angry at him because she felt he only wanted her for sex and not a longer-term relationship.

Longden-Thurgood, who serves with Hampshire Constabulary, denies rape and the trial continues.

The jury was sent home to continue its deliberations on Tuesday.

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