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Daily mail. Met Police probe allegations 'controlling and violent' officer, who is still on duty, raped two junior female colleagues after criminal case was dropped


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I've looked at the BBC version as I refuse to read the Daily Fail.  The MPS got Essex to investigate it so they kept their distance from the investigation which seems appropriate.  The lack of an arrest isn't surprising given the these were historic allegations as nothing would be gained by arresting the suspect. That is very common so not unusual in this case.  The DV allegations also seem to have been 2-3 years old so they would either be out of time if they were common assaults or much of the evidence would have disappeared if they had been either way.  The leaking of information so that the suspect could prepare a defence could well be pre interview disclosure which is routine although levels of disclosure vary but I'd imagine that in this case full disclosure would have been forthcoming.   I'm sure there would have been lines of enquiry to follow and given the likely scrutiny I would imagine that Essex would have tried to follow up as many of those as possible.    The MPS is a big force so the suspect could be moved to a different area or role to make some distance between him and the victims without having to suspend him.  The CPS were given a file and NFA'd it so it had other scrutiny beyond that which Essex gave it.    The CICA payouts happen whether someone gets charged or not and and internal disciplinary is a natural progression given that it will have a lower burden of proof than for criminal action.  This would not be a story if it hadn't been a 'senior' police officer following Sarah Everard's murder, especially on the face of it the MPS seem to have done everything right.

 

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5 hours ago, skydiver said:

I've looked at the BBC version as I refuse to read the Daily Fail.  

 

Yes i read it from the BBC and i have put in the BBC full story  and will wait for the full out come of the story then i will make a comment.👍

Met officer investigated over rape allegations
By Anna Adams, Alexandra Heal and Steve Swann
BBC News

Published9 hours ago
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The Metropolitan Police is investigating allegations that a serving officer raped two of his female colleagues.

The officer was not charged and has not been suspended but faces a misconduct hearing more than three years after the allegations were reported.

The women were awarded compensation but one of them says "we were just cast aside and not cared for".

The Met says it takes "all allegations of domestic abuse extremely seriously".

A BBC investigation with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that the Met is also investigating whether details of the women's allegations were leaked to the accused officer.

The BBC has changed the women's names to protect their anonymity and is not naming the male suspect.

"Holly" was a junior police officer when she started a relationship with an older, more senior colleague. She says that after a few months he became controlling and violent.

After a night out with friends in 2013, she says he dragged her by the hair and "threw me into the dining room table and was going crazy at me".

"I was saying, 'please stop, you're hurting me'."

She says he then hurled her against the arm of a sofa, cracking her ribs. "It was an unbelievable amount of pain. I couldn't get my breath," she says.

Neighbours called the police but Holly was too afraid to report the assault.

On another occasion she says she was raped.

'He started abusing me'
The male officer also had a relationship and moved in with another colleague, "Kate", who says that over three years she was also raped and assaulted.

This included being "beaten up in my car" while it was parked on police premises.

"He started abusing me after four months of being together," she says. "It progressed and progressed... he tried to kill me. He threw me against a chest of drawers in the bedroom."

She says he then "ran" at her and "pinned me to the bed and strangled me".

Soon after that Kate ended the relationship. She was put in touch with Holly by a mutual friend and quickly realised their experiences were a "carbon copy" of each other.

In 2017, they both reported allegations of physical and sexual assault. The male officer denied them and after an investigation by Essex Police, the Crown Prosecution Service decided in 2019 there was not enough evidence to prosecute.

"It was a really bad investigation," marred by a lack of evidence gathering, according to Holly. She claims Essex Police "didn't even finish taking all my allegations" and didn't arrest the suspect.

Essex Police said it carried out lengthy investigations but accepts "there were areas for improvement in the management of these investigations".

Asked why the male officer was not arrested, the force said: "There was no immediate safeguarding concern due to the non-recent nature of the allegations and the lack of contact between suspect and victims."

The male officer has not responded to our request for comment.

Holly says she still lives in fear of meeting him at work.

'Very little support'
In 2020, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) awarded her £17,100, saying "police evidence indicates that you were a victim of sexual abuse".

CICA paid £11,600 to Kate, saying she had been raped and subjected to "serious physical abuse".

CICA is part of the Ministry of Justice and awards compensation to victims of violent crime, sexual assault and abuse - but it does not need the same standard of proof as a criminal court.

The Met decided last month, a year after CICA's findings, that the officer accused of rape would face a misconduct hearing. They have not set a date.

In a statement, the force said: "We take all allegations of domestic abuse extremely seriously and it is right and proper that the full circumstances of this case should be considered at a hearing. We continue to offer welfare support and assistance to the victims in this case."

The Met confirmed the male officer had been taken off public-facing duties. Asked why he had never been suspended, it said a criminal investigation did not guarantee an officer would be suspended.

But the way the Met handled her experience at a local level was horrendous, Holly said.

"There was very little support, (it was) very poorly managed," she said. "He massively controlled everything. He had his friends. He was looked after, whereas we were just cast aside and not cared for."

At an early stage, the male officer was leaked details of the investigation. Internal police documents seen by the BBC showed this allowed him to prepare his defence.

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image captionSolicitor Siobhan Crawford said the steps taken by the Met had been "completely inadequate"
Solicitor Siobhan Crawford, who works on abuse cases, said: "The investigation and the steps taken thereafter by the Met have been completely inadequate, woeful, and let these women down."

"It has taken just so long for the Met to take any action whatsoever against this person," she added. "And I think what that says to other victims of domestic violence is, 'we say we'll protect you but actually it will take years and it may all come to nothing'."

Holly still loves being a police officer but said she was "quite bitter about it".

"But I want to try and change it because I don't want anyone else to go through what I've been through… It makes you feel like you're going crazy because you think, 'why are you treating me this badly?'"

Kate said: "I have no trust in the service I work for."  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56581835

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If the allegations are true then the offending officer has no right to be a Police Officer.  The huge mountain to climb, evidentially as there would have been the length of time between offence and complain.  From the narrative it appears that the investigating officer is aware that the offender received inside information to prepare his defence. That fact alone would see him, and possibly others, facing, at a minimum Gross Misconduct charges. You would think that somewhere around the time of the offences that there would be evidence of medical injuries.

As for the CICB there level of proof is a balance of probabilities, as is the Police Discipline.  For a Criminal Conviction, as we know, it has to be beyond all reasonable doubt.  One problem is the CPS Pre-Judging instead of letting a Jury decide.

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