A PRESCOT policeman yesterday (Tuesday) denied raping an 18-year-old woman.
Merseyside Police constable Ian Tolmaer pleaded not guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to raping her on April 20 in the city centre.
His barrister, Anthony Eyres, said that the central issue will be consent.
The alleged victim and members of her family were present in the public gallery during the 25 minute hearing and at the conclusion Tolmaer left court by a separate exit.
An application for the trial to be heard outside the city by Mr Eyres was granted by the Recorder of Liverpool, Judge David Clarke, QC.
Shaven-headed Tolmaer, of Scotchbarn Lane, Prescot, was further remanded on bail until October 7, when he will return to appear before the presiding judge of the Northern Circuit, Mr Justice Leveson who will decide the venue and trial date. Thirty six year old Tolmaer, dressed in a blue shirt, dark suit and tie, spoke only to enter his pleas and confirm his identity and understanding of the proceedings.
Conditions of his bail include a curfew, not to approach witnesses and keeping out of large parts of Liverpool.
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