The court reopens, witnesses begin to testify publicly in the rape case against NT police officer

Written by Javed Iqbal

The rape case against a Northern Territory police officer has heard that the accused was spoken to by a colleague about his relationship with the alleged victim before charges of “inappropriate behavior” were raised.

Patrick Carson has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, relating to two alleged incidents with a young woman he had become friends with in 2020.

His lawyer told the jury at the beginning of the trial that the defense case would be that there was “no sexual intercourse of any description” on either of the two occasions.

She said, however, that there was no disagreement that defendants and complainants had at times been alone together.

The trial, which began last week, has to this day been closed to the public and the media.

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The trial was reopened to the public and the media today after a week of evidence from closed courts. (ABC News: Che Chorley)

In a statement read to the court, an acquaintance and colleague told Mr Carson, who also knew the alleged victim, that he remembered having told Mr Carson to “be careful” and not “do anything stupid”.

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