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Air passenger, arrested for allegedly raping a woman in business class

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A 40-year old man allegedly raped a woman in business class.


The air passenger was said to have forced the woman to have sex while others slept on the flight from Newark, New Jersey, to London

The alleged victim complained to United Airlines cabin staff who called ahead to report the allegations to police.

The 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape and led off the plane. He was taken into custody at Heathrow police station, where his dabs, mugshot and a DNA saliva sample were taken.

A Met Police spokesman confirmed the arrest and investigation. It is understood the pair were in separate rows in business class, but had earlier been chatting and drinking with each other in a lounge area.

A source told the publication that;

“The woman said she was raped by the passenger during the flight while others were asleep.

She was distraught and reported it to cabin staff who radioed ahead to police, who were waiting as the plane came in to land.

“The parties were apparently unknown to each other beforehand but had apparently been seen talking to each other and drinking before and during the flight.

“She alleged that he then raped her and was said to have been very distressed”.

Officers carried out a full forensic search of the luxury cabin for which passengers pay £3,000 for a return flight.

The man was later released under investigation pending further inquiries.

The woman, also 40 and British, was taken to a rape counselling suite and interviewed by specialist officers. The Sun reports.


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