Ex-boss of police watchdog accused of rape in Eighties to face trial subsequent yr

Ex-boss of police watchdog accused of rape in Eighties to face trial subsequent yr


he former head of the police watchdog faces trial on the Outdated Bailey subsequent summer time for the alleged rape of a 14-year-old lady within the Eighties.

Michael Lockwood is accused of 9 sexual offences courting again to when he labored as a part-time lifeguard at a Humberside sport centre.

They’re six counts of indecent assault and three counts of rape, all referring to a lady who was aged 14 on the time.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between October 1985 and March 1986 when the defendant was aged 25 and 26.

Now aged 64, Lockwood appeared on the Outdated Bailey on Wednesday earlier than Mr Justice Jeremy Baker for a preliminary listening to.

Sporting a maroon tie, white shirt and darkish swimsuit, he stood to substantiate his id after which remained standing within the dock all through the listening to.

The senior decide rejected a prosecution utility to switch the case to the North East circuit the place the unique offences are alleged to have taken place.

He set a trial of as much as three weeks on the Outdated Bailey from July 1, 2024 and an extra day-long pre-trial listening to on a date to be mounted in December.

The defendant, who has beforehand indicated not responsible pleas to the costs in opposition to him, was granted continued unconditional bail.

Lockwood had stepped down as director-general on the Unbiased Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) final December after it emerged he was the topic of a police probe into historic allegations of sexual abuse.

The defendant, of Epsom, Surrey, was the primary director-general appointed to guide the IOPC when it changed the Unbiased Police Complaints Fee in 2018.

He was beforehand chief government of the London Borough of Harrow in north-west London.

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