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Joanne Macaulay reports
"Mr Carruthers described the charges against him as lies and utter fabrication"
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Tuesday, 15 May, 2001, 18:57 GMT 19:57 UK
Officer denies rape allegations
Court graphic
The officer has denied a total of seven charges
A senior police officer has denied raping two women while on duty as a sergeant.

Adam Carruthers, 38, told the High Court in Glasgow that he was a regular visitor to the homes of both women in the course of his work and socially.

But he said claims of rape were "utter fabrication".

He said neither was unhappy to be in his company either before or after the alleged attacks.

Mr Carruthers also denies sexually assaulting a third woman, whilst a sergeant in Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary between 16 November 1993 and 26 November 1998.

A 60-year-old divorcee allegedly tried to stop Mr Carruthers from sexually abusing her by pleading: "I am old enough to be your mother."

Dumfries and Galloway Police Headquarters
The officer served with Dumfries and Galloway Police

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court how Carruthers arrived at her home in Gretna after she phoned police about an intruder outside her home.

Carruthers then allegedly arrived at her home alone, she said.

The blonde-haired woman said that Carruthers suggestively played with his truncheon with both hands before pushing her onto the bed.

She told prosecuting, QC, Alan Turnbull: "I tried to push him off, but he was a big man."

Congratulations card

The police inspector then allegedly performed an indecent act.

"I tried to get him to stop. I told him I was old enough to be his mother, but he carried on," the woman said.

The woman added that she did not report the attack on her, but later when she saw a news report on television that Carruthers was in court on other charges she contacted the police.

When asked to explain the similarities in the accounts of the three women who are making the allegeations, he said that was the result of local rumour and speculation.

Earlier a special policewoman admitted that she had sent a congratulations card to Carruthers after he allegedly brutally raped her.

The woman said that five months after the horrific attack she sent the card to Carruthers when he was promoted to inspector.

Glasgow High Court
The trial is taking place at the High Court in Glasgow

Mr Paul McBride, QC, defending, asked her: "You say you were raped in October 1996 and five months later in March 1997 you and your mother and brother are sending him a congratulations card?"

She replied: "Yes."

Carruthers denies a total of seven charges of attacking and assaulting the three women and carrying out indecent acts on them with a police baton and a banana.

The trial before Lord Dawson continues.

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