Royal Navy Engineer Court Martialed Over Sexual Assault

A Royal Navy engineer is accused of groping a sailor as she climbed a ladder after sexually assaulting another colleague while onboard the HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier, a court martial heard.

Daniel Goffey, 25, is accused of three counts of sexual assault
Daniel Goffey, 25, is accused of three counts of sexual assault

The alleged incidents took place on board the £3.1billion HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier after an "alcohol-fuelled" barbecue.

25-year-old Able Seaman Daniel Goffey denied three counts of sexual assault at Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire, on Monday.


The court was told how Goffey had approached the first woman while she was stood talking to a group of sailors.


Captain Rebecca Sleep, prosecuting, said: "He put one around her waist and one on her bottom and tried to pull her towards him."



The alleged victim describing the incident said Goffey was "intoxicated, slurring his words, put his arms around me and was not letting me go anywhere. "He kept saying, 'why are you not calm? I said 'get off me, I don't know you'. I felt trapped, he wasn't letting me go anywhere."


She described how she managed to push Goffey off her but he then went into her mess room (an area where they eat and socialise).


The court heard how when the alleged victim was watching TV, later on, Goffey started to kiss her "all over" her face, even though she put her hands up to attempt to stop him.


After the incident, it is alleged that Goffey approached his next victim.


HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier were the alleged incident took place
HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier were the alleged incident took place

She told the court: "He put his right hand on my waist and then, with his left hand, touched my right butt-cheek. I felt very uncomfortable and moved away."


A group of sailors then attempted to take Goffey out of the mess room, when they went up the ladder one-by-one, he allegedly assaulted the woman by grabbing her bottom.

She said: "We all went up single-file. I felt two hands on either side of my butt-cheeks for about two seconds. "I turned around to push him away and he just sniggered. I slapped his hands away." Goffey's defence team argued that given how intoxicated their client was at the time, there is no way he could have balanced on the ladder and touched the second sailor's bottom.


The Court Martial continues.


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