In the second day of the trial of a Penarth detective accused of rape and sexual assault , the jury has heard that the defendant – Mark Glover (46) – told a woman “you know you want it” as he forced his hand down her trousers.
At Cardiff Crown Court, Detective Constable Mark Glover (46) of Carys Close, Penarth, is pleading not guilty to 3 counts of rape, 2 counts of assault by penetration, and 2 counts of sexual assault.
All the offences are alleged to have been committed between the summer of 2015 and the summer of 2016 . For legal reasons neither of the 2 female complainants can be identified .
The jury listened to a recorded police interview in which one of the 2 alleged victims said that Detective Glover had made her feel threatened and anxious about being alone.
For the prosecution, barrister Simon Mills said the second of the two complainants had been interviewed September 2016. She said Detective Glover had backed her against a wall. She had said “no”, but he had put his hand down her trousers – saying “You know you want it.”. She said she managed to push him off. Detective Glover is then alleged to have said “We’ll have to make time to finish that.”
The court heard that Detective Glover is alleged to have sexually assaulted her again a few weeks later – on that occasion coming up behind her and putting his arms around her. The jury was told the women had pushed him off but Detective Clover had remarked “‘You like it when I’m naughty” but the woman had told him “This has to stop”.
In cross-examination, Media Wales reports that the first complainant rejected a submission from Detective Glover’s barrister – Jonathan Rees – that she was a ‘dramatic’ and ‘volatile’ person . He asked her why she had not immediately reported the matter to the police, why she had not told anyone and why had not visited a sexual health clinic. (The first complainant is alleged to have been raped in July 2015, August 2015 and July 2016).
She responded that she had found it too difficult and had felt overwhelmed.
Questioned by the defence as to why she had not screamed or shouted, she explained that she had not wanted to make Detective Glover angry . Explaining her feelings to the court, she said she felt “disgusting, scared, shocked.”
The trial is set to continue for the rest of this week.