BREAKING NEWS: Northamptonshire policeman denies raping 17-year-old girl on duty

A Northamptonshire policeman has denied raping a 17-year-old girl while on duty.

Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 4:36 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 7:25 pm
Declan Gabriel (right) leaving Kettering Magistrates' Court in March.

Local response officer PC Declan Gabriel, 27, was charged with rape, two counts of sexual assault and misconduct in a public office in February.

Appearing at Northampton Crown Court today wearing a light blue shirt and grey tie, he entered pleas of not guilty to all four counts, which are alleged to have taken place on a day in September, 2015.

A trial date was set for February 20 next year, with the hearing expected to last five days.

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Expert witnesses are expected to be called during the trial.

PC Gabriel will next appear at court for a pre-trial hearing on January 23, 2017.

His arrest came months after Gabriel, whose address cannot be given for legal reasons, was hailed a hero for giving first aid to a one-year-old girl in Kingsley, which he discovered while investigating a burglary.

He promptly rushed the girl to Northampton General Hospital.