Jet ski operator denied rape of American tourist, court heard
Jet ski operator Kevin Romer denied that he raped an American tourist on a private island three years ago, a Supreme Court jury heard on Monday.
The jury heard Romer’s rejection of claims that he raped the 27-year-old woman at Athol Island on January 2, 2016 during the testimony of Officer Andrew Deveaux, who interviewed him after the alleged rape.
Romer, who is on bail, has denied the rape claim at his trial before Justice Renae McKay.
Romer acknowledged that he took his accuser on a ride on his sports craft, although she claimed that she didn’t have the $20 fee during his police interview, the court heard. In his interview with Deveaux, Romer denied having consensual sex with the woman or raping her. However, he claimed that she was concerned that her friends would, “think she was a hoe by having sex with a man she didn’t know”.
Deveaux suggested to Romer that he had told the woman to say that she was looking at celebrities’ homes if they questioned her about where she had been.
In the interview, Romer said he had only told the tourist that because she thought her friends would assume that they had sex.
Romer’s accuser told police that he used a condom during the rape. According to Deveaux, the woman took police to the scene of the alleged crime and showed them a gold condom wrapper near a rock on the island.
Romer’s lawyer David Cash has reserved cross-examination. Cassie Bethel and Joel Seymour are prosecuting.