PCSO accused of raping woman on night out sent photo to WhatsApp group called ‘The Wolves’ showing them together with faces obscured and the message ‘no face, no case’, court hears
A police officer accused of raping a teenager after a night out sent a blurred photograph of the pair to friends before saying ‘no face, no case’, a court heard.
Jamal ‘Bertie’ Robinson, 29, is accused of attacking the woman, now 21, at his mother’s home in Worthing, West Sussex after meeting her at a Brighton nightclub on December 14, 2019.
The woman said she felt safe with the officer and agreed to go home with him, where he allegedly raped and sexually assaulted her. Robinson denies the claims.
Earlier in the evening, Mr Robinson had messaged a Whatsapp group nicknamed ‘The Wolves’ saying: ‘OMG. I’ve never seen so much puss, boys’, Lewes Crown Court heard.
After buying the woman a drink, Mr Robinson proceeded to send a selfie of the pair to the group chat, which he said he had been a part of for 10 years.
In the picture, the PCSO can be seen turning away from the camera while the young woman covers her face with her hand.
Mr Robinson, who told the court he had a girlfriend at the time, allegedly captioned the photograph ‘no face, no case’ when he sent the picture to the Whatsapp chat.
He described the tone of the message as ‘boyish’ and ‘laddish’, but defended his actions and insisted he had no intention of ‘going out to meet someone’.
Jamal Robinson, pictured wearing a police uniform. He denies raping a woman in December 2019 after meeting her at a Brighton nightclub
Jamal Robinson, who is accused of rape and sexual assault. He denies the allegations
On Thursday, Mr Robinson told Lewes Crown Court of the picture and his remarks: ‘The tone of the language is boyish.
‘My intention wasn’t go out and meet someone. My intention was to go out with my friend and have a good time.
‘I shouldn’t have been taking a picture. I was being laddish with my friends.’
Earlier, the court heard how the PCSO boasted about landing his ‘dream job’ with Scotland Yard and gave the woman his badge to hold, telling her that police could get free VIP treatment.
Robinson also allegedly bragged about being friends with YouTubers Conor Maynard and Caspar Lee, and told the woman he was sending a video of them in the club to Maynard before putting his number into her phone with a police emoji next to it.
Pictured: Robinson, who is accused of rape and sexual assault. He denies the claims
He bragged about having homes in London and Brighton before taking her back to his mother’s flat in Worthing.
The woman, now 21, said she agreed to go home with the officer after saying she felt safe with policeman. In a police interview after the alleged attack, the woman claimed that Robinson did not stop after she told him no.
She said: ‘I was very firm. I said it hurts, I’m in pain, I’m tired, I need to go home.’
The woman said she told her friend: ‘He made me do things I didn’t want to do, I’m in so much pain. I think I’m going to cry.’
The woman described Mr Robinson as intimidating, annoying and ‘up himself’.
‘He was so intimidating, the way he would talk – so London-ish,’ she said.
‘He was very up himself as well. I think he thought “Why would she not want to?” He was very cold.’
But Mr Robinson denied ever forcing himself on the teenager.
Edward Hand for the Crown asked him: ‘Was the there a point you were pushing yourself on her?’, to which Mr Robinson denied.
Mr Hand asked him: ‘Did she say she was uncomfortable or it was hurting her?’
Mr Robinson claimed the woman made a reference about the size of his penis.
‘She said she could feel I was the biggest person she had slept with,’ he told the court.
Mr Hand said: ‘There came a point that night when she made it clear to you she didn’t want sex to carry on. Despite that, you did carry on, knowing she did not consent.’
‘That did not happen,’ Mr Robinson replied.
The woman said she had drunk more than she normally would have on a night out after having Christmas drinks at home with her family.
She said the officer approached her and her friend at the bar in a Brighton nightclub, before asking the women to go home with him and his friend.
‘I had a chat with my friend,’ the young woman said. ‘She was more cautious than I was. ‘She said come on they’re not going to break the law.’
After consenting to sex, the woman told police she said no when Mr Robinson tried to have sex again.
‘I said I’m not in the mood for sex, I’m not in the mood for any of this, I literally said no. I kept my eyes shut,’ she said.
‘I’ve been in this position so many times before. I usually just keep silent and get it over with. I thought he would listen given who he was and what he does. We’ve almost all been in a situation where we’ve not been brave enough to say no.’
File photo shows the outside of Lewes Crown Court in East Sussex
The woman reported the rape after returning to college on Monday morning, but lost faith in police after meeting Mr Robinson.
‘With the way he was behaving, blagging lifts getting VIP, I was even more disappointed. At one point he made me hold and carry his police badge,’ she said.
The court heard Mr Robinson’s relationship ended soon after the incident in December 2019.
‘I didn’t feel great about cheating on my girlfriend,’ he said.
‘I just said that as a throw away comment really. It gives the impression of a laddish boy.’
Jamal Robinson, of Hove, denies rape and sexual assault of the woman on December 14, 2019.
The trial at Lewes Crown Court continues.