Tuesday 28 June 2022 08:03 AM NT Police Senior Sergeant Patrick Carson denies raping 19-year-old woman in ... trends now
A teenager who accused a policeman of rape allegedly consented to sex with the officer, a Northern Territory court has been told.
Senior Sergeant Patrick Carson, 39, has pleaded not guilty to raping the woman, then 19, twice in Darwin during 2020.
The Crown says the married officer exploited his position as a father figure to take advantage of a vulnerable young woman, who'd only recently arrived in the Top End.
But Mr Carson's lawyer, Mary Chalmers, told the jury on Tuesday that the evidence showed the woman had consented to Mr Carson's sexual advances and conduct.
'Even in her police account on August 25 she says "OK, OK, OK". She OKs this thing right through to the keeper,' Ms Chalmers told the Supreme Court in Darwin during her closing address.
'When Mr Carson says to her "is this OK?" or "is this alright?" she says, and it's in the police interview, that she nods her head.'
NT Senior Sergeant Patrick Carson (left), 39, pleaded not guilty to raping a 19-year-old woman twice in 2020
Ms Chalmers said that even if the jury accepted the woman's version of events that 'she didn't feel like doing these things' it couldn't be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Carson knew this or was criminally reckless to it because the woman was saying 'OK, OK, OK'.
She said the woman's 'evidence didn't add up and made no sense'.
'There's no way that if that woman had been subject to the ordeal that she describes in her