West Yorkshire Police officer accused of rape to face second trial after jury fails to reach verdict

A jury has failed to reach verdicts in the trial of a police sergeant accused of raping a woman after a night out.

Ben Lister, 36, an officer with West Yorkshire Police, was accused of sexually assaulting and raping a woman at a house in 2016, after they had both been drinking.

The week-long trial at Bradford Crown Court heard the woman conceived a baby as a result of the alleged rape.Lister, whose address cannot be published for legal reasons, denied one count of rape and one of assault by penetration.

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Judge Richard Mansell QC discharged the jury after they deliberated for more than 10 hours but were unable to reach verdicts.

Sergeant Ben Lister leaves Bradford Crown Court

A new court hearing was listed for November 3.