A servicewoman had to be rushed to hospital after she was raped by a soldier while on patrol. The incident has led her platoon commander and fellow soldiers to question their safety – as he is still out there somewhere, breathing the same air they do.
Thomas Herrington is accused of using a dressing gown belt to bind a female soldier to his bed (Picture: Solent News)
According to a court martial, a British Army serviceman raped a fellow soldier by holding her down so hard she feared she would die.
After a night of heavy drinking, Sapper Thomas Herrington, 19, is accused of bringing the lady to his room while she was ‘out cold’ before abusing her.
The two were claimed to have started dating and spent the evening drinking in his room before going to a party at a neighboring male colleague’s place.
Prosecutors told Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire that by the end of the night, she had passed out on one of the mattresses and was’so inebriated she couldn’t provide permission.’
He got’greater enjoyment out of me battling harder,’ she later told police, and pulled her by her hair as she attempted to flee.
The court heard that woman eventually ‘wriggled away’ and exited the room ‘naked, screaming, and distressed.’
The lady is claimed to have returned to the other male soldier’s room after leaving and wept, “I couldn’t stop him, I couldn’t move, I told him to stop.”
Shortly after, Spr Herrington reportedly emerged and remarked, ‘If you’re going to kill my career, make it fast.’
Spr Herrington claims they had consensual intercourse and denies rape (Picture: Solent News)
The soldier, a member of the 1 Royal School of Military Engineering unit, rejects two counts of rape and one count of assault by penetration, claiming the victim was a “active and free participant.”
The couple had met two weeks before to the event and had consensual intercourse the weekend before, according to the court.
In a police video presented in court, the alleged victim stated her body felt ‘like jelly’ as he climbed into bed with her and recalled him’swinging’ her on top of him for sex.
‘It was almost like an out of body experience,’ she continued. I understood what was going on, but I lacked the strength to fight back.
‘I sit up and realize what’s going on, and he says, “Look who’s up now,” and then [my recollection] fades.
The current trial is being heard in Wiltshire before a court martial. (Photo courtesy of Solent News)
‘Looking back [at that statement], he knew I was asleep, he knew I was out cold, and maybe he was attempting to hide his traces by having me on top.’
After she attempted to flee, the lady said Herrington retrieved a belt from his dressing robe and used it to restrain her.
‘I was afraid, honestly, I was scared he was going to murder me,’ she said. It didn’t seem like it was going to end any time soon; it seemed like it had been going on for hours.
‘I thought to myself as he approached with that belt, oh my gosh, he could put it around my neck, he’s so much larger than me.’ He might murder me if he lost the plan or if I enraged him. That was a terrible experience.
‘I was kicking and screaming, and I was thinking that if I didn’t get him off of me right now, I wouldn’t be able to leave this room.’
‘On the Friday night in question, she had – while sober – desired to have sex with Spr Herrington and sent him explicit text messages that demonstrated that,’ prosecutor William Peters said.
‘However, in this circumstance, the ability to make a deliberate choice to have sex is at stake.’ Unlike when she was asleep and out cold, she made a deliberate decision to drink.’
The trial is still ongoing.
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