UK of­fi­cer on rape rap

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

UK: A Bri­tish Army of­fi­cer is to face a court mar­tial for al­legedly rap­ing a United States Air Force of­fi­cer at a for­mal din­ner.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Bene­dict Tomkins, 48, is said to have gone to the woman’s room and “pounced on her” while she was “in­tox­i­cated” by drink. It was ar­gued that the al­leged vic­tim was too drunk to give her con­sent for sex and Tomkins acted with­out rea­son­ably be­liev­ing she wanted to have sex with him. He has pleaded not guilty to rape.

Now, in an un­prece­dented move, the court mar­tial is to be moved to the US to en­able the woman to give ev­i­dence at the trial in Maryland.

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