Tory min­is­ter’s aide ‘as­saulted girl aged 17 in the Com­mons’

Scottish Daily Mail - - Little John - By Re­becca Cam­ber Chief Crime Cor­re­spon­dent

A TORY min­is­ter’s re­searcher sex­u­ally as­saulted a teenager in West­min­ster be­fore jok­ing, ‘at least you can say you’ve had sex in Par­lia­ment now’, a court heard yes­ter­day.

Cal­lum War­ren, 26, is ac­cused of as­sault­ing the 17- year- old girl while she was work­ing as a par­lia­men­tary as­sis­tant for a Tory MP.

The ‘sex­u­ally ag­gres­sive’ re­searcher, who was work­ing for Tory MP Chris Skid­more, is said to have pur­sued the stu­dent, sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her on four sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions.

South­wark Crown Court heard that the girl woke up on a House of Com­mons sofa af­ter a night out drink­ing to find the de­fen­dant on a sofa next to her, laugh­ing as he told her she could ‘lay claim to hav­ing had sex in Par­lia­ment’.

The al­leged vic­tim claims War­ren tar­geted her be­cause she was ‘the first girl to ever turn him down’.

The court heard that she ‘blacked out’ af­ter a night out drink­ing with par­lia­men­tary staff just be­fore Christ­mas 2016 and woke up next to War­ren in the of­fice of Mr Skid­more, who is now uni­ver­si­ties min­is­ter.

Cather­ine Far­relly, pros­e­cut­ing, said: ‘ She was up­set be­cause she had just bro­ken up with her boyfriend and one of the aims of them go­ing out to­gether was to cheer her up.

‘She had a lot to drink and not much to eat. She woke up in the of­fice at 3am in the morn­ing and she had passed out on a sofa. He was asleep on the sofa next to her.

‘ Hav­ing wo­ken up, she be­gan to gather her things to­gether and the de­fen­dant woke up. The de­fen­dant then be­gan ask­ing her if she was on the Pill.

‘She asked him what he was talk­ing about and he told her they had had sex.

‘The de­fen­dant then joked with her about how she could lay claim to hav­ing had sex in Par­lia­ment.’

The court heard that the al­leged vic­tim still does not know whether they had sex.

The pair had met a few months pre­vi­ously when the stu­dent did a trial week’s work in West­min­ster be­fore she went to uni­ver­sity.

Miss Far­relly said: ‘She had an in­ter­est in pol­i­tics and in fact she was al­ready in­volved i n her l ocal Con­ser­va­tive Party and was al r e ady in­volved as a case worker for her lo­cal MP. Her plan at that time was to go to uni­ver­sity in Lon­don and con­tinue to work in West­min­ster as a par­lia­men­tary as­sis­tant.’

But the al­leged vic­tim be­came con­cerned about par­lia­men­tary gos­sip af­ter War­ren al­legedly pur­sued her through­out 2017, try­ing to kiss her on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions.

Ju­rors heard that War­ren shoved the teenager against a wall in an un­der­pass and as­saulted her. A month later he is said to have fol­lowed her back to her boss’s of­fice and sex­u­ally as­saulted her af­ter an­other work event.

Miss Far­relly said: ‘ The de­fen­dant closed the door, turned off the lights and then pushed the woman against the wall and started kiss­ing her. She tried to push him off her but he in­sisted and kept try­ing to kiss and grab her.

‘She told po­lice while all of this was go­ing on, she was cry­ing hys­ter­i­cally.

‘The de­fen­dant, how­ever, did not stop there. The prose­cu­tion say that he then t urned her around and pushed her down into a chair. She was still cry­ing.

‘She kept push­ing him off and even­tu­ally she was able to push him hard enough to get him off her.

‘She was in such a panic to leave that she left be­hind her pass to get into Houses of Par­lia­ment and some of her be­long­ings.’

The court heard t hat War­ren then taunted her at a Tube sta­tion.

The al­leged vic­tim’s mother per­suaded her to tell her boss, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons.

In a po­lice in­ter­view record­ing played to the court, the young woman said: ‘He came on to me and tried to take it fur­ther and I was like, “no, ab­so­lutely not, we’re go­ing to work to­gether”.

‘And then he said, “you’re the first girl to ever turn me down, no girl’s ever done this to me”.’

War­ren, who no longer works for Mr Skid­more, de­nies three counts of sex­ual as­sault and one of sex­ual as­sault by pen­e­tra­tion. The trial con­tin­ues.

‘She was cry­ing hys­ter­i­cally’

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