A major in the British Army accused of raping a female captain after a Burns night supper has been cleared today after telling a court martial that he could not remember having sex with her because he was so drunk.
After a panel of senior officers cleared the Afghanistan veteran today, Maj Beaton burst into tears, with Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett saying Parliament should review the law around cases when neither party can remember what has happened.
The judge said: ‘You have been found not guilty by this board. It is intolerable that this case has taken so long to get to court and that is unacceptable.
‘This was an unusual case because neither party can remember having sex.’
Which isn’t that unusual an element. It’s just that in civilian courts, only the man is expected to behave as if sober at all times.
During the police investigation his army lawyer advised him to give a ‘no comment’ interview but Beaton insisted he had nothing to hide.
Giving evidence, he told the court: ‘I had nothing to hide, I had no reason to. I knew there hadn’t [been a rape].’
I bet there’s more than a few feminists whose minds are still struggling with that concept.