The jury in the trial of a customs officer accused of kidnapping and raping a woman multiple times has retired to consider its verdict.
Kelvin Clyde Bennett, 45, of Dart Street, Birmingham, is charged with one count of kidnap and three counts of rape, which he is alleged to have carried out while working as a customs officer at the port of Dover in Kent, in December 2000.
During the four-day trial at Maidstone Crown Court the jury heard that his alleged victim, a woman who cannot be named for legal reasons, was kidnapped as she returned to her mother’s house from a night out in Folkestone.
The woman, who is now 29 but was 21 at the time of Bennett’s alleged attack in December 9, 2000, said her attacker forced her into the back of his car and drove her to a number of remote locations in the surrounding countryside where he raped her three times before letting her go.
Bennett was not arrested until February of this year when police matched his DNA profile as they investigated another separate allegation made against him.
He denies all the charges and claims he had a number of sexual partners during his time in Dover.
He said that although he does not remember the woman, he would only have had consensual sex with her.