Bradford: Police sergeant jailed for 10 years for raping drunk woman who went on to have his baby | UK News

A police sergeant has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping a drunk woman who went on to give birth to his child.

Ben Lister was found guilty of sexually assaulting and raping the woman while they were staying at the same house after a night out in 2016.

Prosecutors at Bradford Crown Court said Lister, who was an officer with West Yorkshire Police, dragged the “very drunk” woman off a sofa while she was sleeping.

They added the 36-year-old then started touching her sexually while she drifted in and out of consciousness.

Judge Jonathan Rose said he had then contacted the woman the next day, “testing the waters to see if you had got away with having sexual intercourse with a comatose woman”.

When the victim asked if they had had sex, the judge said Lister “told the first of many lies” and said they had not, but had engaged in some sexual activity.

The court also heard the woman found out months later she was pregnant and “knew then that she had been raped”.

DNA tests later showed Lister was the child’s father.

The woman went to police in January 2020 and Lister was arrested and interviewed.

He denied one count of rape and one of assault by penetration, saying any sexual contact between the two was consensual, but a jury convicted him of both counts.

It comes after a previous trial jury failed to reach verdicts in October last year.

Lister seen leaving Bradford Crown Court last October

‘She is a constant reminder of what he has done to me’

In a victim personal statement read to the court, the woman said although she “loved her little girl to bits”, she had “always struggled since she was born”.

She said: “I really didn’t cope well throughout the pregnancy and felt like I shouldn’t have kept her, because I knew deep down what had happened to me and how she was conceived.

“I don’t think I went through with the abortion because I was so scared they would ask questions, and I wasn’t ready to explain what happened to me then.

“I didn’t enjoy the feeling of her moving around in my stomach like the other mums did.”

The woman added: “I look at her and feel she is a constant reminder of what he has done to me.”

‘Consequences will extend for many years’

Judge Rose jailed Lister for 10 years for the “disgusting and persistent sexual attack”.

He told Lister: “You took advantage of her, knowing she couldn’t physically fight you off.

“The consequences will extend for many, many years and there are difficulties yet to come when the child asks ‘who is my daddy?’

“You were a police officer. That carries with it a requirement that you behave in an upright, decent and proper manner at all times, whether on or off duty.”

Lister had been suspended from his role with the force pending the outcome of the case.

He will be placed on the sex offenders’ register for life following the verdict.


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