Court reopens, witnesses start publicly giving evidence in rape trial of NT police officer

The rape trial of a Northern police officer has heard the accused was spoken to by a colleague about his relationship with the alleged victim, before allegations “inappropriate behavior” were raised.

Patrick Carson has pleaded not guilty to two charges of sexual intercourse without consent, relating to two alleged incidents with a young woman he had befriended in 2020.

His Barrister told the jury at the beginning of the trial that the defense case would be that there was “no sexual intercourse of any description” on either of the two occasions.

However, she said there was no dispute that the accused and complainant had been alone together at times.

The trial, which began last week, has been closed to the public and media until today.

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The trial reopened to the public and media today after a week of closed-court evidence. (ABC News: Che Chorley)

In a statement read to the court, an acquaintance and colleague of Mr Carson, who also knew the alleged telling victim, said he recalled Mr Carson to “be careful” and not “do anything stupid”.

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