Jury out in trial of ex-Special Constable accused of roadside rape

Jurors have retired to consider verdicts on a former special constable who denies raping a woman in Shropshire after showing her his warrant card while off-duty.

Crown court stock
Crown court stock

Former Metropolitan Police volunteer Paul Hoile, from Essex, denies misconduct and four sexual offences, all related to a single incident in July.

Prosecutors allege Hoile misused his police powers to force the alleged victim to comply with his sexual demands at night-time near Newport.

Hoile, of The Chase, Benfleet, has pleaded not guilty to misconduct in public office, three counts of oral and anal rape, and a charge of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

The 40-year-old broke down in tears in the witness box earlier this week, as he denied any wrongdoing and claimed the allegations had left him feeling scared.

Addressing a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court, which retired on Thursday, Judge Jonathan Gosling invited the panel to take all the time it needed to reach verdicts.

Sorry, we are not accepting comments on this article.

Top Stories

More from the Shropshire Star

UK & International News