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Police officer denies raping sleeping woman

A police officer accused of raping a sleeping woman has labelled the allegations against him as “total lies”.



Giving evidence to Belfast Crown Court, 30-year-old Gary Ervin claimed the sex he had with his alleged victim was consensual but that he felt “pretty bad” about it as he had “betrayed my fiancee”.

Ervin, whose address has been given as c/o PSNI headquarters, denies one count of rape and two of sexually assaulting the woman on March 30, 2009.

His alleged victim has claimed that having met the off-duty officer in a city centre nightclub, Ervin, the woman’s friend and herself all went back to her apartment. After her friend left, she said she fell asleep on the sofa bed in the living room but awoke to allegedly find Ervin touching her inappropriately.

Yesterday, however, Ervin, who graduated from police college in 2008 and has been working as a neighbourhood officer, described how back at the girl's flat, they kissed and fondled before taking each others' clothes off.

The trial continues.

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