Soldier cleared of raping colleague after saying she ‘liked rough sex’


Sapper Thomas Herrington was cleared of two counts of rape but convicted of sexual assault

A British Army soldier has been cleared of violently raping a female colleague after a night of drinking, although he was convicted of sexual assault.

Sapper Thomas Herrington, 19, was accused of forcing himself on the soldier while she was ‘out cold’ and dragging her by her hair and tying her to the bed with a dressing gown belt after she tried to escape.

A court martial heard the pair had struck up a sexual relationship after meeting two weeks prior and that she sent him sexual messages before the party.

The board at Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire was told the female soldier ‘drank so much she passed out on one of the beds’ in another colleagues’ room, before Spr Herrington was seen ‘cradling’ her before carrying her to his bedroom.

Herrington said they spoken about how he ‘tends to get a bit more rough when drinking’.

He told the board: ‘We had spoken about interests and liked rough, kinky sex. She said she liked choking, hair pulling, the odd bit of spanking and being roughly-handled.

He explained that he wanted to ‘make sure she was OK’ as he ‘didn’t know her pain threshold’, and claimed he told her: ‘If you don’t want to do this just tell me to stop.’

The woman was ‘enjoying’ the sex but suddently ‘jolted forward’, got up and ran out of the room naked, the defendant added.


Pictured: Sapper Thomas Herrington A British Army soldier accused of raping his female colleague so violently she feared for her life told a court martial 'I tend to get rough when drinking'. Sapper Thomas Herrington, who allegedly pulled the soldier around his bedroom by her hair, said he had asked about her 'pain threshold'. A military court has heard the Army engineer targeted his co-worker when she was 'out cold' after drinking vodka at a party and that they had been having consensual sex in the weeks before. Giving evidence, Spr Herrington claimed the soldier 'liked kinky sex' and being 'roughly-handled', that she previously sent him naked selfies on Snapchat, and that she sent him sexualised messages before the party. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS ?? Will Dax/Solent News & Photo Agency UK +44 (0) 2380 458800

Herrington is due to be sentenced for sexual assault in May (Picture: Solent News)

He told the hearing this left him ‘completely stunned’ and that he ‘didn’t know what I had done wrong’.

He continued: ‘As far as I was concerned I didn’t rape her… There were so signs of struggling, that’s why I was confused.’

While Spr Herrington was cleared of two charges of rape, he was convicted of sexual assault for penetrating her with his thumb in a way she ‘absolutely hated’.

She told police: ‘It felt really malicious. He knew I didn’t like it and he was talking like he was proud. That was really violating because of how much I hate that.’

Spr Herrington, of 1 Royal School of Military Engineering regiment, will be sentenced on Friday, May 27 for one charge of sexual assault.

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