Royal Navy sailor Martyn Glover denies sexually assaulting RAF worker in the back of a taxi

Royal Navy sailor sexually assaulted RAF worker in the back of a taxi after a night out with friends and begged her ‘come on’ when she resisted, court martial hears

  • Royal Navy sailor accused of sexually assaulting RAF worker in the back of a taxi
  • The pair were in back of a taxi with five other friends at time of alleged assault
  • Martyn Glover denies one count of sexual assault and is on trial in Wiltshire

A Royal Navy sailor sexually assaulted an RAF worker in the back of a taxi while their friends sat nearby, a court martial has heard.

Able Seaman Martyn Glover is alleged to have moved his hand up the woman’s thigh, pushed her underwear to the side after she said ‘no, stop’.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, initially kissed AB Glover in the back of the cab, but allegedly turned away from the sailor and withdrew her consent.

The prosecution alleged in Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire yesterday that AB Glover had told her ‘come on’ as he proceeded to sexually assault her. He denies the charge.

Able Seaman Martyn Glover is fighting one count of sexual assault in Bulford Military Court Centre this week

Able Seaman Martyn Glover is fighting one count of sexual assault in Bulford Military Court Centre this week

The prosecution alleged in Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire (pictured) yesterday that AB Glover said 'come on' as he proceeded to sexually assault her

The prosecution alleged in Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire (pictured) yesterday that AB Glover said ‘come on’ as he proceeded to sexually assault her

The pair – who had had consensual sex together weeks earlier – visited several bars in Lincoln from nearby RAF Cranwell with a group of colleagues, the court heard.

At the end of the night, the group went home in a seven-seater taxi with AB Glover and his alleged victim alone on the back row of seats.

Initially, they kissed consensually, but the woman turned away before AB Glover put his hand on her thigh, the court heard.

Opening the case, Captain Daniel Lawlor, prosecuting, said: ‘[AB Glover] put his hand on her left thigh and moved it up her leg.

‘He moved his hand to her crotch and pushed her knickers to one side.

‘She said ”no, stop,” and faced the front of the taxi, withdrawing her consent.’

The prosecutor said AB Glover then said ‘come on’ before sexually assaulting her.

AB Glover is alleged to have moved his hand up the woman's thigh, pushed her underwear to the side and sexually assaulted her after she said 'no, stop'

AB Glover is alleged to have moved his hand up the woman’s thigh, pushed her underwear to the side and sexually assaulted her after she said ‘no, stop’

Giving evidence, the alleged victim told the court: ‘I was in the right-back-hand corner, and he was next to me. He leant in to kiss me and I initially kissed him back.

‘I then pulled away [and] he started kissing my neck. He started to touch my leg, he started moving it up and I said ”no, people are here”.’

‘I was trying to push his hand away, he went up and moved my knickers to the side. He inserted his fingers and I managed to close my legs. I snapped my legs together.

‘I felt so embarrassed.’ 

The court heard that after returning to camp, the group gathered in the woman’s room.

Later, after returning from the bathroom, the woman allegedly found AB Glover lying in her bed fully clothed.

The pair - who had had consensual sex together weeks earlier - visited several bars in Lincoln from nearby RAF Cranwell with a group of colleagues, the court heard

The pair – who had had consensual sex together weeks earlier – visited several bars in Lincoln from nearby RAF Cranwell with a group of colleagues, the court heard

The woman asked him to leave but he said no, and suggested they stay together in the bed, the court heard.

She allegedly sent a message to a male friend asking for help, telling him ‘this is not a joke’.

After some back and forth, the woman alleges AB Glover agreed to leave but seemed to be ‘in a bad mood’. 

The woman’s friend arrived later on and she ‘broke down crying for two hours,’ the court was told.

She later attended a sexual assault referral centre and AB Glover – now based at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth – was interviewed by police under caution.

The trial continues.

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