Sailor denies rape after night of heavy drinking

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A SAILOR accused of raping a female colleague after a drunken night out told police he thought she had agreed to have sex with him.

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

A court martial heard the Able Seaman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had spent the night partying with the two men in Guildhall Walk before ending up at Liquid nightclub on Stanhope Road.

The trio then returned to HMS Nelson and the Able Seaman consented to sex with Dinnell’s friend, Leading Marine Engineering Artificer Greg Robertson, in his cabin.

Dinnell was also in the cabin at the time and he told the pair to stop, which they did.

The woman fell asleep in bed and LMEA Robertson later fell asleep on his bedroom floor, the court heard.

Dinnell, 21, claims he then got into bed with the woman to go to sleep but he couldn’t so he tried to wake her to tell her to go home to her cabin, at which point she began kissing and cuddling him.

The woman claims she thought it was LMEA Robertson in her bed and not Dinnell.

But in a police interview read out in court, Dinnell said the woman knew it was him and asked ‘where’s Greg?’.

Dinnell said: ‘I told her he was sleeping on the floor and we both started kissing again.’

Dinnell said they started having sex but stopped when LMEA Robertson woke up and discovered them in the throes of passion.

Minutes later Naval Service Police knocked the door because of a noise complaint and the woman made her rape accusation.

Dinnell was later arrested after everyone was ordered out of the cabin. He denies one count of rape.