Trial of Northampton police officer charged with rape begins

PC Declan Gabriel is charged with rape and two counts of sexual assault.
PC Declan Gabriel is charged with rape and two counts of sexual assault.

A Northampton police officer has appeared in court charged with rape.

PC Declan Gabriel, 28, faces two counts of sexual assault and one count of rape.

He appeared at Northampton Crown Court today (February 20). He also charged with misconduct in an official role.

The rape and the two counts of sexual assault allegedly took place in September 2015.

The jury was sworn in and the case was adjourned until 10.30am tomorrow.