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Police officer ‘raped woman and got her pregnant after attacking her on living room sofa’ 


West Yorkshire Police officer, 35, ‘raped woman, 21, and got her pregnant after attacking her on living room sofa at house following night out drinking’

  • Ben Lister, 35, denies rape and sexual assault by penetration in August 2016
  • Court told he and alleged victim went out for drinks over bank holiday weekend
  • The jury heard the sergeant was not on duty at the time of the alleged attack 
  • Prosecutors say he ‘dragged her off the sofa and had types of sex with her’ 










A police sergeant raped a woman 14 years his junior and got her pregnant after attacking her on a sofa following a night out drinking, a court heard today.

Ben Lister, a serving officer with West Yorkshire Police, whose address cannot be disclosed, denies charges of rape and sexual assault by penetration of the complainant on August 29, 2016. 

Prosecutor Richard Woolfall said the 35-year-old and the alleged victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, went out for drinks with two mutual friends over the August bank holiday in 2016 when all four got very drunk.

After returning to a property the two other friends went upstairs to bed and Lister and the complainant slept downstairs in the living room on separate sofas.

Mr Woolfall told the jury: ‘This defendant went on to take advantage of that young lady, who was very drunk.

‘He dragged her off the sofa and had types of sex with her.’

Ben Lister (pictured today), a serving officer with West Yorkshire Police, whose address cannot be disclosed, denies charges of rape and sexual assault by penetration of the complainant on August 29, 2016

Ben Lister (pictured today), a serving officer with West Yorkshire Police, whose address cannot be disclosed, denies charges of rape and sexual assault by penetration of the complainant on August 29, 2016

Mr Woolfall said the sex was not consensual because of her state of intoxication, adding: ‘She was drifting in and out of consciousness.’

Whilst she was ‘out of it’ Lister raped her, the court heard.

When she later woke she found herself in a state of undress.

She messaged Lister asking whether they’d had sexual intercourse. He denied they had and said only a sex act had taken place.

However, Mr Woolfall told the jury: ‘On that one occasion they had sex, she got pregnant, and for a short time she was in denial about how her baby had been conceived and, no doubt, that her baby was a product of rape – bear in mind she was only 21.

‘She didn’t want her child to be known as a rape baby.’

She lied to close friends that her baby was fathered by an ex-boyfriend, the jury heard.

‘She simply couldn’t face up to to that she had been raped and made pregnant,’ said Mr Woolfall.

The prosecutor added there is ‘strong DNA evidence’ the defendant is the father.

Lister claimed she was not too drunk to consent. 

Prosecutor Richard Woolfall said the 35-year-old (pictured today) and the alleged victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, went out for drinks with two mutual friends over the August bank holiday in 2016 when all four got very drunk

Prosecutor Richard Woolfall said the 35-year-old (pictured today) and the alleged victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, went out for drinks with two mutual friends over the August bank holiday in 2016 when all four got very drunk

Before the trial started at Bradford Crown Court, Recorder of Bradford Judge Richard Mansell QC told the jury of ten women and two men that they should not let the recent case of Met Police officer Wayne Couzens, who was jailed for raping and killing Sarah Everard, affect their judgement.

He said: ‘The defendant was at the time a serving police officer. I’m sure you all know that there has been a very high profile case recently heard in London regarding Wayne Couzens who abused his position as a police officer by falsely arresting, raping and murdering Sarah Everard.

‘Please don’t let the publicity surrounding that case affect your judgment.

‘The defendant did not abuse his position as a police officer. He was not on duty at the time.

‘This has nothing to do with the fact that he was a police officer at the time. You must not let the case of Sarah Everard and Wayne Couzens effect your judgement at all.’

Lister denies rape and sexual assault. 

The trial continues.

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