A woman repeatedly told a serving Metropolitan Police officer to ‘stop’ before he raped her, a court has heard.
James Geoghegan, 27, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, is accused of raping the woman on December 12, 2018.
The woman had returned to her home in Loughton, Essex, with Geoghegan at around 3am after a night out drinking, jurors at Chelmsford Crown Court were told on Monday (October 25).
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After deciding to sleep there instead of returning to his home in Enfield, North London, Geoghegan followed the woman into her room “uninvited” as she was undressing.
Wayne Cleaver, prosecuting, told the court that Geoghegan then tried to take off the victim’s pyjama bottoms, but she told him to, “stop, think about your girlfriend”.
The court heard she repeated this several times because she was “not interested in intercourse”, but he ignored her.
Jurors were told the alleged rape then took place on the woman’s bed.
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In text messages between the pair later that day, the woman told Geoghegan: “I’m upset, James, because I said no multiple times, but you carried on.”
She told him she had been crying and was “all over the place”.
Following the incident, the woman told a friend she had been raped.
She said she had asked Geoghegan “do you remember me asking you to stop?” and he had responded, “yes, I thought you were just playing around.”
Mr Cleaver said: “Clearly he heard her say ‘no’, he had heard her indicate that she didn’t want to have sex with him and he also acknowledged that she had indeed pulled her shorts back up when he first pulled them down.”
Mr Cleaver went on to say: “The prosecution case is simple, [the victim] said ‘no’ and [the victim] said ‘stop’ and that is exactly what she meant.
“He accepted in the living room and later in those messages that he heard her say it more than once, but he took no notice of her.
“He disregarded her limits and decided instead to press on.”
Mr Cleaver added: “It was totally unreasonable, he had no reasonable belief that she was consenting, less still that she was inviting sexual intercourse with him.
“It may be that he felt that he had waited long enough and this was his opportunity to go all the way without any real regard to what she actually wanted and to what she was clearly indicating.”
He said that as a police officer, Geoghegan had “professional insight” on where “sexual boundaries may be crossed”.
The trial continues.
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