A Metropolitan Police officer ‘raped a woman in her home after a night out because he thought she was playing hard-to-get when she told him to stop’, a court has heard.

James Geoghegan (27) from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire is charged with raping the woman on 12/12/2018.

Chelmsford Crown Court jurors were informed that the victim returned to her home, in Loughton (Essex), at 3am after she had been drinking.

Geoghegan chose to go to bed there, rather than return to Enfield, north London. The victim was then uninvited into her room later that morning while she was still in her undress.

Prosecutor Wayne Cleaver said Geoghegan proceeded to try to take off the victim’s pyjama bottoms, to which she replied ‘stop, think about your girlfriend’.

Jurors were told she repeated this several more times to try to discourage him’ because she was not interested in intercourse. However, this was ignored.

The court heard that she indicated that she didn’t want to go any further and that the alleged assault took place on her bed.  

James Geoghegan, 27, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, is accused of raping the woman on December 12, 2018

James Geoghegan (27) from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire is charged with raping the woman on 12/12/2018

The woman stated that she pulled her arms back and said, “No.” Stop.

“He then pulled them down.”

“I just recall lying there looking at it and thinking, “This is disgusting,” she said.

“He was very sweaty.”

She said that the defendant fell asleep afterward and she cried.  

The woman replied, “We were kissing and that all was consensual, mucking about for a while, laughing.” He was saying that he would marry me one day.

She claimed that he was lying on her top.

She stated, “He wasn’t pushing me down or any other way,” 

“He was on top but not with my weight on him,”

She claimed that he pulled her pyjama pants off, and she said no. He then pulled them up again.

She said, “He’s stronger and more powerful than me and pulled them off,”

She described the defendant as being 6ft and very large.

She stated that she believes that if someone says “Stop”, it means “Stop.”

She admitted that she had drunk alcohol.

Following the incident, the victim shared her story with a friend and asked Geoghegan “do you remember me asking to stop?” To which he replied “yes, I thought that you were just playing around”.

Mr Cleaver said: ‘Clearly he heard her say ‘no’, he had heard her indicate that she didn’t want to have sex with him and he also acknowledged that she had indeed pulled her shorts back up when he first pulled them down.’

Geoghegan later that day received text messages from the victim, in which she said she was crying and was ‘all the time’.

She said: ‘I’m upset James because I said no multiple times, but you carried on’.

Mr Cleaver said: ‘The prosecution case is simple, (the victim) said ‘no’ and (the victim) said ‘stop’ and that is exactly what she meant.

“He accepted it in the living room, and later in those messages that she sent. He heard her say it more times than once, but he didn’t notice her.

“He ignored her limits and chose to press on.”

Mr Cleaver said: “It was totally unreasonable. He had no reasonable belief she was consenting, and even less that she was inviting him to sexual intercourse.”

“It could be that he felt that it was too late and that this was his chance to do what he wanted without regard to what she was indicating.

He stated that Geoghegan, a police officer had ‘professional insight’ into where’sexual boundaries may have been crossed’.

The trial continues.