Police raped woman while her children slept, court told

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Two police constables called to assist a drunken woman who had been attacked outside a nightclub drove her home and raped and indecently assaulted her, a court heard yesterday.

Two police constables called to assist a drunken woman who had been attacked outside a nightclub drove her home and raped and indecently assaulted her, a court heard yesterday.

Winchester Crown Court heard how PC Mark Witcher and PC Andrew Lang performed what they called a "spit roast" on the woman. This involved one officer having sex with her while she was forced to perform a sex act on the other.

The victim, who cannot be named, described how the officers laughed at her after the alleged attack, which took place as her children slept upstairs. PC Witcher, 30, of Drayton, Hants, and PC Lang, 30, of Whitehill, Hants, each face one charge of rape and one of indecent assault and three charges of wilful misconduct while in public office. They are currently suspended from duty. Both officers deny all the charges.

Richard Onslow, for the prosecution, said the officers were on duty in Godalming, Surrey, on 19 September last year when they were called to a fight outside the Harlequin nightclub.

A 23-year-old woman had been hit over the head during an altercation between her friends and a group of men who had run off. PCs Witcher and Lang asked the woman to get into the police car so they could search the area for the men and told her friends that they would drive her home.

Mr Onslow said that the pair eventually drove the woman to her home in Godalming. He said: "She went into the lounge and there she saw PC Witcher [with] his penis exposed. She made to leave the room but her way was blocked by Lang. They did with her, say the Crown, as they pleased and what it pleased them to do is what one of them called a 'spit roast'."

The alleged victim said: "They were saying that girls like me deserved it and they were saying I was dirty. They were just laughing."

The trial continues.