Navy sailor is found guilty of raping female colleague

Navy sailor is found guilty of raping female colleague after booze-fuelled ‘naked mess’ party

  • Able Seaman William Stewart attacked the woman at a ‘naked mess party’
  • The pair were part of group of sailors who were out celebrating her birthday
  • Victim said she later woke up to find the 26-year-old engineering technician ‘fondling’ her breasts
  • Stewart was found guilty of rape, assault and causing a person to engage in sexual activity and will be sentenced later this month

A navy sailor was yesterday convicted of raping a female colleague after a prosecco-fuelled ‘naked mess’ party.

Able Seaman William Stewart attacked the woman after she stripped down to her bra, showered her half-naked male shipmates in fizz and ‘crashed’ on his bed.

The pair were part of a group of sailors who had been out celebrating her birthday before returning to a Holiday Inn, Bulford Military Court heard.

Several sailors took their tops off and were sprayed with prosecco after someone shouted ‘naked mess’ before the woman went with Stewart to another room to get changed.

The victim said she later woke up to find the 26-year-old engineering technician ‘fondling’ her breasts. She said he then sexually assaulted a male sailor on the other side of the bed before raping her.

Stewart was found guilty of rape, assault and causing a person to engage in sexual activity. He will be sentenced later this month.

Able Seaman William Stewart (pictured) attacked the woman after she stripped down to her bra, showered her half-naked male shipmates in fizz and ‘crashed’ on his bed

The incident took place during a night out in the North-East while the sailors’ ship was undergoing maintenance.

Prosecuting, Wing Commander Michael Saunders said: ‘AB Stewart had recently joined the ship. They all had a significant amount to drink. [The female victim] was given a bottle of prosecco, as it was her birthday.

‘[Videos from the conference room] show [her] pouring the prosecco over herself and onto some males with their tops off on the floor. One of them was AB Stewart.’

Giving her evidence, the female sailor, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court: ‘It was my birthday the day after. We were celebrating that and a couple of people were promoted, so we were celebrating that, too.

‘We were all having drinks and everybody was having a good time. [Later on] we were all in the conference room, and we ordered pizza.

‘Naked mess’ was shouted – it was just tops off… we all had a bit of the prosecco and I got a bit wet [from] the alcohol.

‘I remember people laying on the floor when I had the prosecco… I was stood up with the bottle.’

The ‘scared and confused’ woman later awoke to Stewart, an engineering technician she hardly knew, ‘fondling’ her breasts and touching her.

She said Stewart then moved to the other side of the bed and sexually assaulted a male sailor who was also asleep before returning to her.

Stewart told the court martial all sexual activity with the sailors was consensual and instigated by them.

Stewart was found guilty of rape, assault and causing a person to engage in sexual activity. He will be sentenced later this month

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