PCSO kneed in groin after a bit of banter'
PUBLISHED: 16:40 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:22 12 August 2010
A POLICE community support officer accused of groping a woman s bottom was just taking part in a bit of banter , a court heard last Thursday. PCSO John Parker, 19, of Walsingham Road, Orpington, tried to persuade the woman to come back to the prayer roo
A POLICE community support officer accused of groping a woman's bottom was just taking part in a "bit of banter", a court heard last Thursday.
PCSO John Parker, 19, of Walsingham Road, Orpington, tried to persuade the woman to come back to the prayer room at Belgravia Police Station for sex, it is claimed.
Prosecutors say the officer, who was 18 at the time, bombarded the 29-year-old mother-of-one with text messages asking her for sex.
Jurors at Southwark Crown Court heard that Parker pinched and grabbed her bottom and fondled her groin through her trousers.
Later, when he stroked her again, his victim slapped him round the face and kneed him in the groin, the court has heard.
In her closing speech, Parker's barrister, Ruth Jones, said the PCSO was innocent of sexually abusing the woman.
She said the alleged victim admitted kneeing him in the groin, but that this had been part of "banter" between them.
Ms Jones said: "He's given evidence that there was a bit of banter and a bit of ribbing, and as a result she kneed him in the groin."
The defence barrister said the woman's evidence was flawed, as she had not made any complaint against Parker until after the series of alleged assaults, which are said to have taken place over four days in February 2008.
Ms Jones told the court: "This has been described as relentless. It wasn't so relentless that she felt unable to keep seeing him. I would say that the evidence the prosecution has presented falls far below the required standard to make you sure."
In his evidence, the officer insisted he had not groped the woman, although he had "bantered" with her, and had at one point accidentally touched her bottom.
Ms Jones said: "I submit that he has been consistent, and given a clear account of what his case is. Bearing all these facts in mind, I would submit the correct verdict is not guilty.'
Parker denies five charges of sexual assault by touching between February 7 and February 10, 2008.
The trial continues.