A police officer allegedly raped a sleeping woman and later told her nobody would believe her, a trial has heard.
Kevin McKeown is said to have attacked the 47-year-old, who, the court was told, believed he would be “the safest person in the room”.
The 55-year-old is on trial charged with raping the woman at a property in Maybole, Ayrshire, between January 31 and July 1, 1997. He denies the allegation at the High Court in Glasgow.
The woman’s pre-recorded testimony was played to jurors on Thursday.
She had been living with a relative at the time, who had a friend in the police. Her relative’s friend visited along with his then-colleague McKeown.
The woman – who knew McKeown to be a police officer – did not drink alcohol that night as she was on medication. She ended up alone in the living room with him.
Prosecutor Jo McDonald put to the woman: “Did you feel threatened by him?”
The woman replied: “No, as he was a police officer, he would be the safest man in the room.”
She recalled dozing off due to her medication.
Miss McDonald then asked: “What woke you up?”
The woman replied: “The man was on top of me having sex … it’s just a wee bit hard to talk about.
“He was lying on top of me … and my arms were above me being held face down.”
The woman claimed she was quiet but was shaken. She asked him to get off her.
She went on: “I did not want to get in an even worse thing. Things were going through my head – maybe he was smothering me.
“I didn’t want him ending my life. I said you are not getting away with this. He said no one is going to believe you. He had a weird look on his face.”
It was not until October 2018 that the matter was reported to the police.
McKeown is also accused of indecently assaulting another woman at a property in Ayr between January 1 and December 31, 1994.
It is claimed he attacked the woman while asleep and groped her.
McKeown also denies that charge.
The trial, before judge John McCormick, continues.
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