Trial of NT police officer Patrick Carson charged with rape nears end as prosecution and defense deliver final speeches to jurors

More than 800 pages of social media posts between a police officer and a young woman were “almost equivalent to … a chronicle of how to groom and abuse someone,” prosecutors have argued.

Senior Sergeant Patrick Carson has pleaded not guilty to two charges of unauthorized sexual intercourse and has been on trial in the Northern Territory Supreme Court for more than a week.

He is accused of twice sexually assaulting a young woman he befriended in 2020 – the first alleged incident during a massage and the second on a sofa in a house in Darwin’s northern suburbs.

Today, Chief Prosecutor Marty Aust closed the prosecution case, encouraging them in his final speech to the jury to find that the alleged victim was “honest and trustworthy” in her accounts of the alleged rapes.

The trial was reopened to the public and media after a week of evidence behind closed doors.ABC News: Che Chorley

Alleged victim ‘the perfect prey’, court hears

The court heard that the complainant, who cannot be identified, became friends with Mr. Carson in 2020 and the pair exchanged texts and Facebook messages and set up a “secret” chat to inform Mr. Carson’s “once-concerned wife.” keep your distance”.

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