The woman allegedly raped by Wangaratta police officer Luke Hawking has given evidence against him in a closed court.
The alleged victim, a woman in her 30s, gave evidence in Wangaratta Magistrates Court on Wednesday from a remote witness facility where she could not see him.
Hawking’s wife of nine years sat next to him in the courtroom, with her arm linked with his, but was among those asked to leave the courtroom for the victim’s evidence despite pleas from the defence barrister.
Prosecutor Damian Plummer said she could support her husband from outside the court.
“Complainants giving evidence where there are allegations of sexual assault are difficult,” he said.
The committal hearing is scheduled to run for four days, finishing next week.
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