Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Royal Navy sailor cleared of rape at court martial

A Royal Navy sailor has been found not guilty of raping a female colleague at an accommodation block at Portsmouth Naval Base in Hampshire.

Engineering technician (Marine Engineering) Kenni Dinnell, 21, was alleged to have raped the woman after a drunken night out on 10 July 2010.

A court martial deliberated for two hours to find Mr Dinnell not guilty.

The alleged victim, a sailor of able seaman (seaman) rank, claimed she had mistaken the defendant for his friend.

Mr Dinnell told the hearing she had consented to have sex with him.

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