Soldier acquitted

21:03, Nov 27 2012

A New Plymouth army private accused of raping a female soldier has been acquitted by a jury in Palmerston North District Court.

The Crown had alleged Devon Dwayne Fraser, 21, raped the woman after a St Patrick's Day binge.

On March 18 last year, Mr Fraser and a female soldier were seen "making out and hooking up" in the High Flyers nightclub. They returned to Linton where they had sex.

In his closing remarks to the jury, defence lawyer Fergus Steedman said it was consensual, but the Crown accused Mr Fraser of raping the female soldier, who, it said, did not give consent.

Judge Les Atkins reminded the jury that when a drunk person gave consent, it still stood.

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