Sailor rape trial paused

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THE trial of a sailor accused of raping a female colleague after a drunken night out has been adjourned.

Engineering Technician Kenni Dinnell, 21, is alleged to have raped a 19-year-old Able Seaman at HMS Nelson in the early hours of July 10 last year. He denies the charge.

A court martial at HMS Nelson was adjourned this morning after two days.

Judge Jeff Blackett paused the case, telling the jury panel of senior officers: ‘We have a number of unresolved issues between us.

‘The prosecution has asked for it to be adjourned.’

Judge Blackett said he hoped the trial would continue some time next week.

The case centres on the claims of a 19-year-old woman, who said she woke up after a drunken night out in Portsmouth to discover she was having sex with Dinnell.

The court heard that, in her drunk and tired state, the woman thought she was having sex with Dinnell’s friend Greg Robertson, a Leading Marine Engineering Artificer on HMS Diamond. This is because she had already slept with LMEA Robertson that night while Dinnell was in the same room.