Maree (ms_maree) wrote in ontd_political,

Police in court on rape, assault counts

Not a happy story from Australia. TRIGGER WARNING.

A WOMAN in emergency accommodation at a hotel was allegedly raped and indecently assaulted by two interstate police officers investigating Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires, a court has heard.

South Australian senior constables Damien Michael Jay Wilmott, 30, and Steven James Westcott, 40, have been charged over the alleged attack in March.

Wilmott faces three charges, including rape and indecent assault, and Westcott has been charged with indecent assault.

Opening a committal hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday, prosecutor Ray Gibson said the 20-year-old woman had befriended the Victorian police officer who co-ordinated the interstate response and was aware that South Australian police were staying at the hotel.

Mr Gibson said that early on Wednesday, March 11, Wilmott knocked on the door of her room and asked to be let in, but as she went to close it on him, he pushed it open.

He alleged that, ignoring the woman's requests for him to leave, Wilmott stripped and, slurring his words, said: ''You know you want it'' before forcing her hand into his underwear, later digitally raping her and demanding she ''shut the f--- up''.

About half an hour later the woman again answered the door to find Westcott. He put his hands on her hips and said ''Where's Willy?'' - a nickname of Wilmott's - Mr Gibson said.

Westcott then allegedly asked the woman: ''Do you want me?'' before squeezing her breasts.

She refused and told the two to leave, but after inappropriately touching her through her clothing, Westcott asked her: ''Are you sure you don't want some dick? Do you want me to get Willy out so we can have some fun?''

The woman started to cry and then Westcott told Wilmott to get his clothes on. When Wilmott asked why, Westcott allegedly replied: ''Just get dressed. You can get us into a lot of trouble for this.''

The woman had her hotel room paid for by a charity, who put her there in emergency accommodation. She gave evidence and was cross-examined in a closed court yesterday.

The court heard Wilmott and Westcott were married with two children each. They have not yet been required to enter a plea.

The hearing, before magistrate Amanda Chambers, continues.


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