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DNA review puts retired cop in dock over 40-year-old rape case

Accused: Ex cop David Lomax PIC: LNP

A FORMER police officer is on trial for the alleged rape of a woman 40 years ago after a cold case review.

David Lomax, 83, is said to have ‘blackmailed’ his victim in 1978 by threatening to arrest her for non-payment of a fine before the assault.

The case was reviewed in 2016 when forensic evidence was re-examined and DNA matched his profile. Lomax, from Waterlooville, Hampshire, denies charges of rape and misconduct in a public office.

Leeds crown court heard the attack happened in Leeds when Lomax worked as a warrant officer for West Yorkshire Police.

He is said to have visited the woman earlier to collect money but agreed to give her more time. The jury heard when he returned he told her she would have to go to the police station, before putting his hand on her shoulder and saying, ‘well we could solve this’.

The woman said he led her to a bedroom where he propositioned her. She initially refused but then had sex, the court heard. The incident was reported to police and a sample was taken from a towel. Mr Lomax was not charged due to lack of evidence.

He was arrested again in July last year and told police that when he arrived at the house the woman jumped from a window and ran away. He said he found a pornographic magazine and masturbated.

Prosecutor Sophie Drake said the woman ‘was in effect blackmailed’, adding: ‘She had no real choice but to have sex with him.’

The trial continues.