Jury out in army sex attacks trial

Published: Tuesday 5th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Jurors have retired to continue their deliberations in the trial of an army recruitment officer accused of sexually assaulting young female recruits.

The seven men and five women on the jury were sent out to consider verdicts in the trial of Edwin Mee on Tuesday last week.

Mee, 46, is accused at London’s Southwark Crown Court of misusing his power to “bully and groom” young female cadets – many of them from overseas – before pouncing on them.

The offences relate to 11 victims – one aged just 15 – covering 21 counts.

They include 17 sexual assaults, three rapes, and one assault by penetration.

Prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC said one of his victims was a virgin in her early 20s when Mee raped her in a locked waiting room at the recruitment office in Croydon, south London.

She became pregnant but doctors found that she had suffered a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. She had to undergo an operation after collapsing in hospital, the court heard.

Mee, a divorced father of five from Glasgow, is accused of carrying out the campaign of sex attacks between October 2010 and September 2011.

Mee, formerly of Tavistock Road, Croydon but now living in Scotland, denies the charges.

Published: Tuesday 5th May 2015 by The News Editor

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