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Police sgt on trial accused of raping woman ‘and got her pregnant on night out’

Sergeant Ben Lister, 35, was a serving officer with West Yorkshire Police but was not on duty at the time when he allegedly “dragged” a woman from the sofa she was sleeping on and raped her during a drunken night out with friends

Ben Lister was a sergeant for West Yorkshire Police when he allegedly raped a woman and made her pregnant

A woman became pregnant after being raped by a policeman at the end of a drunken night out with friends, a court heard today.

Sergeant Ben Lister, 35, was a serving officer with West Yorkshire Police when he allegedly raped a woman and got her pregnant.

Lister and the victim had been out with mutual friends on the night of August 29, 2016.

While the two friends went upstairs, Lister and the woman – who is not named for legal reasons – slept downstairs on two separate sofas.

The court heard how Lister “dragged” the woman from the couch and had “types of sex” with her.

The judge today warned the jury of ten women and two men at Bradford Crown Court not to let the case of Metropolitan Police cop Wayne Couzens sway their decision.

Judge Richard Mansell QC said: “The defendant was at the time a serving police officer.



Jurors were told not to allow the Sarah Everard case cloud their judgment when deciding whether Lister is guilty or innocent
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“I’m sure you all know that there has been a very high profile case recently heard in London regarding Wayne Couzens who abused his position as a police officer by falsely arresting, raping and murdering Sarah Everard.

“Please don’t let the publicity surrounding that case effect your judgment.

“The defendant did not abuse his position as a police officer. He was not on duty at the time.

“This has nothing to do with the fact that he was a police officer at the time. You must not let the case of Sarah Everard and Wayne Couzens effect your judgement at all.”

Lister, whose address cannot be disclosed, denies the rape and sexual assault by penetration of the complainant on August 29, 2016.

Prosecutor Richard Woolfall said Lister and the complainant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, went out for drinks with two mutual friends over the August bank holiday in 2016 when all four got very drunk.

After returning to a property the two other friends went upstairs to bed and Lister and the complainant slept downstairs in the living room on separate sofas.







Mr Woolfall told the jury: “This defendant went on to take advantage of that young lady, who was very drunk.

“He dragged her off the sofa and had types of sex with her.”

Mr Woolfall said the sex was not consensual because of her state of intoxication.

“She was drifting in and out of consciousness.”

While she was ‘out of it’ Lister raped her, the court heard.

When she later woke she found herself in a state of undress.

She messaged Lister asking whether they’d had sexual intercourse. He denied they had and said only oral sex had taken place.

However, Mr Woolfall told the jury: “On that one occasion they had sex, she got pregnant, and for a short time she was in denial about how her baby had been conceived and, no doubt, that her baby was a product of rape – bear in mind she was only 21.

“She didn’t want her child to be known as a rape baby.”

She lied to close friends that her baby was fathered by an ex-boyfriend, the jury heard.

“She simply couldn’t face up to to that she had been raped and made pregnant,” said Mr Woolfall.

Lister has denied ejaculating inside the complainant and claimed she was not too drunk to consent.

But, Mr Woolfall, said: “There is ‘strong DNA evidence he is the father.”

Lister has pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault.




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