Female barrister who had sex with City solicitor outside Waterloo station has her criminal record cleared after claiming she was drunk but his caution stands
Graeme Stening was seen engaging in sexual activity with a middle-aged woman
Initially the pair both admitted to outraging public decency at the London station
However the woman would later claim that she was too drunk to consent to romp
As an alleged victim of sexual assault the barrister was given lifelong anonymity
By Alexander Robertson For Mailonline
Published: 09:35, 23 May 2017 | Updated: 10:02, 23 May 2017
The woman was seen with her underwear around her ankles after enjoying a boozy lunch with Graeme Stening, 53 (pictured)
A barrister who had sex with a City solicitor outside London’s Waterloo station has had her criminal record cleared after claiming she was too drunk to consent.
The woman was seen with her underwear around her ankles by commuters during rush hour after enjoying a boozy lunch with Graeme Stening, 53.
The pair admitted outraging public decency shortly after their arrest, however six weeks later the woman claimed she could not remember the act as she was drunk.
By claiming she could not give consent the middle-aged woman was given lifelong anonymity as an alleged victim of sexual assault.
Mr Stening, a father of three who lives in a £2million home in Windlesham, Surrey, was investigated for eight months by police following the woman’s claims.
The barrister had appealed the decision by police not to prosecute Mr Stening over sexual offences due to a lack of evidence, but the ruling was upheld.
Scotland Yard confirmed that the woman’s caution for outraging public decency had been ‘expunged’ from her record, The Times reported.
Mr Stening, however, accepted his caution for the incident, in which he and the barrister were spotted in an amorous embrace in August 2015.
They ended up so drunk they were found by police at 7pm leaning on a wall outside Waterloo.
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After both were held overnight in the cells, the woman QC – who cannot be named for legal reasons – accepted a police caution for outraging public decency.
Along with being a leading lawyer herself, she had legal advice before signing the caution – in which a suspect admits a criminal offence and accepts a police warning without going to court.
Mr Stening refused to do so and faced trial, meaning the female barrister would have been named publicly in court.
But six weeks later, the woman tried to retract her admission, claiming the caution had been ‘administered erroneously’ because she was too drunk to consent to sex.
The pair ended up so drunk they were found by police at 7pm leaning on a wall outside Waterloo (pictured)
This gave her lifetime anonymity as a potential sex assault victim. Amarjit Bhachu, Mr Stening’s solicitor, claimed the woman made the claim in order to prevent her identity from being revealed.
Mr Stening was then interviewed about the new claims under caution and his trial was delayed while a charging decision was made.
Eventually, he was not charged with sexual assault after police found two witnesses who said she was a willing partner in the drunken romp.
But, as a result of the allegations, he spent months in fear of prosecution.
Stening, whose wife Sian was standing by him as of last summer’s hearings, works as general counsel at multi-billion pound private equity firm Doughty Hanson.
The venture capitalists buy and develop market-leading businesses throughout Europe.
He previously worked as Vice President and Group Senior Counsel of Invensys during a successful career as a corporate lawyer.
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