Surrey Police sergeant, 66, 'raped woman while he was on duty'

Surrey Police sergeant, 66, ‘raped woman in bedroom of her home during his lunch break while he was on duty before returning to work’

  • Derek Seekings, 66, now retired, went round to home of woman while on duty  
  • The sergeant, an officer with Surrey Police, ‘pushed her on a bed and raped her’
  • Court heard he raped woman on a second occasion, telling her ‘Just let me finish’
  • Seekings, from Farnborough, Hampshire, denies both charges of rape
  • A police sergeant raped a woman during his lunch break and then returned to work, a court was told.

    Derek Seekings, 66, who is now retired, went round to the home of the woman while he was on duty.

    He approached the woman, who was in an upstairs bedroom, and allegedly pushed her down on the bed and raped her.

    The sergeant, an officer with Surrey Police, then left the house and went back to work as if nothing had happened, the court was told.

    On a second occasion it is alleged that he raped the same woman once again and when she protested he replied: ‘Just let me finish.’

    Seekings has gone on trial at Brighton Crown Court charged with two counts of historical rape on the same woman between 1994 and 2000.

    Smartly dressed in a suit and tie, the grey bearded, retired officer from Farnborough, Hampshire, denies both charges of rape.

    Retired Surrey policeman Derek Seekings (right) arrives at Brighton Crown court at the start of his trial on multiple rape charges today

    Retired Surrey policeman Derek Seekings (right) arrives at Brighton Crown court at the start of his trial on multiple rape charges today

    Jennifer Gray, prosecuting, told the jury both rapes happened without warning during a six year period.

    She said at the time of the attacks Seekings was working as a custody sergeant with Surrey Police.

    During one lunch break he went round to the home of the woman and pushed her onto a bed.

    She said: ‘Despite the fact she made it clear she did not want to have sex with him he carried on.

    ‘He had sex with her without her consent. She was still very clearly upset and distressed.’

    On a second occasion he is alleged to have raped the woman despite the fact she protested and attempted to get him to stop.

    Seekings pictured arriving at Guildford magistrates court in August 2019

    Seekings pictured arriving at Guildford magistrates court in August 2019 

    Seekings retired from the force in 2005. He was arrested and charged with rape after the woman made claims of historical rape against him. 

    The jury was played a video of a police interview with the victim who spoke about the horrific attacks.

    During the interview the woman said Seekings went round to her house during a lunch break and pushed her back on the bed.

    ‘I remember being pushed back on the bed. He was wearing his uniform. He had sex with me.’

    Retired Surrey policeman Seekings arrives at Brighton Crown court at the start of his trial on multiple rape charges today

    Retired Surrey policeman Seekings arrives at Brighton Crown court at the start of his trial on multiple rape charges today

    Retired Surrey policeman Derek Seekings (right) arrives at Brighton Crown court at the start of his trial on multiple rape charges today

    Retired Surrey policeman Derek Seekings (right) arrives at Brighton Crown court at the start of his trial on multiple rape charges today

    She said she did not respond to his advances, didn’t say anything and didn’t make a sound or move during the attack.

    The court heard that to distract herself she began to recite her seven times table in her head.

    She said: ‘I didn’t want sex and I made that really clear. I didn’t move, I was very still. He got dressed again and he went back to work.’

    The alleged victim said on the second occasion she tried to push him off but he continued and told her: ‘Just let me finish.’

    She told the police interviewer: ‘He went into the bathroom. I could hear him heaving, I don’t know why.’

    The trial continues.

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