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Jury considers police rape case
Raymond Waring (l) and Stephen McGuire
Raymond Waring and Stephen McGuire both deny rape
A jury in the case of two police officers accused of handcuffing and raping a woman on the backseat of their patrol car is considering its verdict.

The jury at Chester Crown Court has heard the Cheshire Constabulary officers raped the woman after offering her a lift home.

It is alleged the rape took place in Warrington on New Year's Eve 2002.

Pc Stephen McGuire, 34, of Widnes, and Pc Ray Waring, 31, of St Helens, deny rape and misconduct in public office.

During the three week trial, the prosecution claimed Waring and McGuire deliberately targeted their victim.

Officers suspended

The court heard she had been drinking heavily, and the pair thought no-one would believe her if she ever reported them.

The officers were called to deal with a fight at a pub before the alleged attack took place.

The court heard the woman kept the alleged attack a secret until April 2004, when she got in trouble with police for being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, then told her solicitor, who alerted the authorities.

Waring and McGuire were suspended in May 2004.

'New Year's kiss'

The court heard Waring said at a Cheshire Police Federation meeting they had sex claiming: "I never raped her she was up for it so we gave her one. It was consensual."

He later denied the claim, saying it was a New Year's kiss.

Waring faces another misconduct charge for committing a further sexual act with a woman in a police vehicle on 11 August 2002.

McGuire, who is married with two children, denies being involved in any sexual act at all.

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