Lincoln Police officer Fraser McDowall pleads not guilty to rape of woman

A probationary police officer serving with Lincolnshire Police denied an allegation of rape when he appeared before a judge in Nottingham. Fraser McDowall, 23, of Welton, is accused of carrying out an attack on a woman in Lincoln during the early hours of Saturday, October 16, 2021, when he was off-duty.

The new police officer, who is based in Lincoln, was first arrested on November 5 last year, and he was charged with the attack on February 2. McDowall pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read out to him at Nottingham Crown Court during a short plea and trial preparation hearing on Thursday, April 7.

Wearing a smart grey suit, crisp white shirt and tie, the officer answered “yes” as he was identified by his name read out by the court clerk. The charge was read out to him and the particulars of the rape of a woman, whose identity is protected by law for life.

Prosecutor Henry James told Judge Rosalind Coe QC: “You are aware the defendant is a police officer in this case and it might attract a fixture (a fixed date for trial). I know the experience of prosecuting these causes huge anxiety to complainants not knowing the date”.

The trial date was set for December 5 with a four-day time estimate. The judge ordered McDowall’s conditional bail continue.

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