Mother who claims police rape denies sexual boast

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A woman who has accused two police officers of raping her denied bragging to friends that she had taken part in a threesome.

A woman who has accused two police officers of raping her denied bragging to friends that she had taken part in a threesome.

PC Mark Witcher and PC Andrew Lang are charged with raping and sexually assaulting the woman, who has three children,at her home in September last year.

Winchester Crown Court heard that the two constables took it in turns to rape the woman while at the same time forcing her to perform oral sex on the other in an act the men later described as a "spit roast".

The police officers, both aged 30, had been called to assist the woman who was drunk and had been attacked in a fight outside a nightclub.

Under cross-examination by Anthony Chinn QC, representing PC Witcher, the alleged victim, now aged 25, denied joking with friends in a pub two weeks after the incident about what had happened.

Mr Chinn suggested that the alleged victim had bragged that a policeman had "pulled out his truncheon" and that she had had a threesome with two officers. But he added that she had become ashamed of her actions when people started to call her names.

The woman, who was 23 at the time of the alleged assault and cannot be named, told the court: "I was not ashamed of what I had done but ashamed of what had been done to me."

Mr Chinn also suggested that the woman had made up the allegation of rape because she was concerned she could lose custody of her children. "You freely entered into sexual activity with two police officers and when your friends took the mickey out of you and made open jokes at your expense and you were concerned about custody of your children and concerned about any new relationship you were enjoying at the time, you decided to turn this from a tale of consensual sex to one of rape."

She responded: "No it's not true." The alleged victim broke down on three occasions during yesterday's cross examination.

The jury also heard how the woman had returned to the nightclub in Godalming, Surrey, where she had first encountered the two police officers, just a few months after her alleged rape. During this visit, a scuffle broke out and she kicked a woman police constable and was later cautioned for the assault.

The alleged victim told the court she kicked the officer who had restrained her during the scuffle because "I thought it was a male officer and I freaked out, I was kicking trying to get away".

PC Witcher of Drayton, Hampshire, and PC Lang of Whitehill, Hampshire, face one charge each of rape and one of indecent assault. They also each face three charges of wilful misconduct in public office which arise from from accusations of having sex with a member of the public while on duty, failing to report an offence and falsely stating that they were involved in a police search. Both of the defendants are currently suspended from duty with Surrey Police and deny all charges.

The case was adjourned early because the woman was deemed too upset to continue giving evidence.

The trial continues.