Jury go out in Hartlepool ‘trick’ rape trial


A JURY in a rape trial has been sent home for the weekend after starting to consider their verdict.

The panel started their deliberations yesterday lunchtime after the judge summed up in the case of Hartlepool man Richard Gallighan, 27.

He stands accused of raping a woman by pretending to be another man she had just slept with.

The trial at Teesside Crown Court began on Monday.

The prosecution allege Gallighan swapped places with the other man when he went to the toilet and hid his face when he got under a quilt with her.

He admits having sex with her.

But he says she knew it was him as she saw his face and that they kissed and cuddled.

Gallighan, of Whinn Meadows, Hartlepool, denies one count of rape.

The jury will return to court to continue their deliberations on Monday morning.