Jury fails to reach verdict in case of officer accused of rape

The jury in the trial of a police sergeant accused of raping a woman after a night out has failed to reach a verdict.

Oct 12, 2021
By Tony Thompson

Ben Lister, 36, an officer with West Yorkshire Police, was accused of sexually assaulting and raping a woman at a house in 2016, after they had both been drinking.

The woman conceived a baby as a result of the alleged rape. Lister denied the charges.

Judge Richard Mansell QC discharged the jury after they deliberated for more than ten hours but were unable to reach verdicts.

A new court hearing has been listed for November 3.

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