Jury in rape-accused Hampshire PC trial discharged over Covid

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Jury in rape-accused Hampshire PC trial discharged over Covid

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Jury in rape-accused Hampshire PC trial discharged over Covid


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The jury in the trial of a police constable accused of rape has been discharged after four jurors tested positive for Covid-19.

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David Longden-Thurgood, 48, of Waterlooville, Hampshire, was on trial at Winchester Crown Court accused of raping a woman he met via a dating app.

On Monday, one juror reported testing positive and was discharged.

A further three jurors tested positive on Tuesday, leading Judge Robert Bright QC to discharge the entire jury.

Judge Bright told the panel: "Unfortunately the outcome is that the trial has had to come to an end.

"You have been incredibly patient and committed to the case."

Serving Hampshire Constabulary officer PC Longden-Thurgood denies raping the woman, a mother aged in her 30s, during a date at her home in October 2020.

The complainant met the officer on the Bumble dating app, the trial was previously told.