Fire and Rescue official Andrew Thomas Dadley on trial for alleged rape

NSW Fire and Rescue superintendent Andrew Dadley is on trial for the alleged rape of a female firefighter. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Adam Yip

A woman who was allegedly raped by a senior Fire and Rescue NSW official has told jurors she initially thought she was dreaming when she woke to find him on top of her after a Christmas party in 2016.

Andrew Thomas Dadley, 45, is on trial in the NSW District Court over the alleged incident on December 8, 2016.

Prosecutor Talitha Hennessy said the Crown case was that the woman had invited Mr Dadley and his ride home, Adam Richards, to stay at her place after the party so Mr Richards could have a drink.

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After sharing some gin and tonics, Mr Dadley went to sleep in one bedroom, the woman in another and Mr Richards on the couch.

In the early hours, Ms Hennessy said, the Crown alleged the woman woke up to find Mr Dadley on top of her, raping her. He then picked her up and moved her into the room where he had been sleeping and penetrated her again, as well as licking his hand and wiping it on her vagina, the court heard.

Andrew Dadley with supporters entering the District Court. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Adam Yip
Andrew Dadley with supporters entering the District Court. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Adam Yip

The woman testified on Tuesday afternoon that as this occurred she was thinking to herself that it could not be happening.

“I honestly felt like it was a dream,” she said. “I felt like I was watching myself in a movie.”

It seemed to go on for “ages”, she said, before she realised she wasn’t dreaming and “it was real”.

It was at that point the woman kicked Mr Dadley and said, “What the f**k do you think you’re doing?” the court heard.

Mr Dadley responded, “Why are you hitting me?” before the woman grabbed him and “frogmarched” him out of the house.

Mr Dadley’s case, his barrister Matthew Johnston SC told the jury, was that none of the sexual assaults happened at all.

“He was asleep, in bed, and the next thing he knows she’s on top of him and she’s hitting him,” he said.

Mr Johnston started his address by telling the jury Mr Dadley had “been with the fireys for more than 20 years” and told the 12 people they would hear evidence about the woman’s state of mind at the time of the alleged assaults.

“She’d been drinking, she was intoxicated to a degree,” he said, adding the jury would hear evidence she was in a “dreamlike state” and that it was up to them to determine if anything had in fact happened.

The woman attended hospital for a rape kit following the alleged assault, and vaginal swabs uncovered DNA matching Dadley, Hennessy said.

Johnston said there were important issues surrounding the DNA evidence and that the jury would hear about how trace DNA can be transferred from one surface to another.

The trial continues.

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