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article imageNottingham detective cleared of rape

By Alexander Baron     Feb 10, 2014 in Crime
Birmingham - In May 2012, a police officer convicted of rape at Derby Crown Court was given an eight year sentence. He has now been cleared.
The conviction of Detective Sergeant Trevor Gray was reported here at the time when it seemed like an open and shut case. He has now been cleared at Birmingham Crown Court after a retrial. Before going any further let it be said that this verdict must be accepted: Mr Gray is now not guilty of rape. With that caveat in mind, this case is worth examining in some detail because it is the classic acquaintance rape allegation: she said-he said, and the jury is given the unenviable choice of convicting the unappealing sap on the word of a virginal maid, or acquitting the plausible sexual predator in suit, collar and tie on the evidence of the sort of girl no man with any sense of shame would take home to meet mother.
Nottinghamshire Police Media Relations were unwilling to comment further than the statement posted on the force blog, but others have been following the case.
On July 7 last year, his convictions for sexual assault, attempted rape and rape were quashed by the Court of Appeal, and a retrial was ordered.
The facts were that Gray and the woman went out on a date, and she appears to have drunk rather a lot - that much is not controversial.
After taking her home, he left to hail a taxi, but was unable to find one. His story was that he returned to her house, saw the lights on, rang the bell repeatedly but received no response, and forced the door chain. He found her sitting up in bed, and she asked him to stay the night.
Her story was that he had forced his way in, and raped her. The retrial came about because a taxi driver who confirmed part of his story was located.
What was not reported after his conviction but is clear now is that this was not the case of a man forcing himself on a woman in classic rape fashion, but a woman waking up the next morning unable to remember what had actually happened the previous night because she had been so tanked up.
This case was described by Women Against Rape as "one of the worst cases in the past four years") under the heading of Revealed: the scale of sexual abuse by police officers).
The best evidence would now appear to indicate otherwise.
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