Rape case officer denies he was biased

Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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The officer who led the investigation into an allegation of rape against a former senior detective with Humberside Police has told a court he acted impartially and was the right man for the job.

Ex-Detective Chief Inspector Mark Oliver told Manchester Crown Court he was not biased against former Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Andrews.

Mr Andrews, from Brough, East Yorkshire, is accused of raping a woman at a hotel following a staff Christmas party 11 years ago. The 57-year-old has denied seven charges, including rape, harassment and stalking.

Mr Oliver said he had gone to see the force’s assistant chief constable the morning after Mr Andrews was arrested. He said he was told Mr Andrews did not have confidence in him leading the investigation into the allegation.

But Mr Oliver told the jury he had no existing problems with Mr Andrews. He said the assistant chief constable had told him that the force was confident in his ability to lead the investigation.

The court was told by Mr Oliver that he believed he was impartial and had the right skills to investigate the case.

The trial heard the investigation was later handed over to Durham Police.

The trial continues.

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Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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