Southsea PCSO denies raping woman in a toilet at Little Johnny Russells

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A POLICE community support officer accused of raping a woman in a pub toilet told a jury the sex was consensual.

Sean Prendergast admitted having sex with the alleged victim, aged in her 20s, in a cubicle in the men’s toilets at Little Johnny Russells bar in Albert Road, Southsea.

A 12-strong jury at Guildford Crown Court heard the pair met at the bar for the first time that evening and had been drinking, flirting and kissing.

Prendergast, of Reginald Road, Southsea, said he had earlier asked the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to go home with him.

He later saw her by the toilets shortly before 2am and approached her.

Asked by Matthew Jewell, defending, how the pair came to be in the toilets together, Prendergast replied: ‘I said “do you want to come with me?”

‘I put my hand in her hand and we walked in.’

Asked whether he thought anything needed to be said about why they were heading towards the men’s toilets, he replied: ‘Not after doing that.’

The pair were interrupted and stopped having sex. Prendergast said he then left.

Mr Jewell asked: ‘Up to the point you were interrupted had you seen anything to give you cause to think [she] was not consenting?’

Prendergast replied: ‘No, nothing at all.’

The 26-year-old was arrested a short while after the incident, which happened in the early hours of November 28, 2010.

Prendergast was suspended from his role as a Hampshire Constabulary police community support officer following his arrest.

But he was allowed back to work on restricted duties earlier this year following a review of his case.

Prendergast denies one count of rape.

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