Monday, December 14, 2009

Cop 'sexually assaulted woman fleeing violence'

A SOUTH Australian police officer in Melbourne to help the Black Saturday bushfires recovery held a pillow over the face of a woman as he digitally raped her, a court has heard.

The woman was placed in a hotel in Melbourne's east by a welfare agency after fleeing domestic violence, only to be raped, indecently assaulted and imprisoned by officer Damien Michael Jay Wilmott, 30, the Melbourne Magistrates Court was told today.
A second South Australian police officer, 40-year-old Steven James Westcott, also indecently assaulted her, it is alleged.
Both are facing a committal hearing.
The court heard the pair were among about 50 police from South Australia who were staying at the hotel to help with the bushfire recovery effort.
In a statement to the court, the woman said she told officer Wilmott not to enter her hotel room, but he insisted.

She said he then began kissing her and lay on top of her before indecently assaulting and digitally raping her.
At one point, he pulled the side of a pillow across her face and nose, she says.
Officer Westcott then allegedly knocked on the door and came into the woman's room before touching her on the chest and thigh.
The hearing before Magistrate Amanda Chambers continues tomorrow.


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