Met Police investigating claims officer raped two female colleagues but escaped suspension
A Metropolitan Police officer who was accused of raping two female colleagues has been allowed to continue working for three years without being suspended, it has emerged.
The women, who both had a respective relationship with the senior male officer, received substantial sums from a compensation board after it concluded they had both experienced “non-consensual” sex with the officer.
One of the women, given the alias Holly in media reports, was awarded £17,100 last year by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority after it found that she had been a victim of “sexual abuse” and had suffered “suspected fractured ribs” and “physical assaults”.
The other woman, known only as Kate, was given £11,600 for experiencing “serious physical abuse,” the board said.
Holly and Kate, both serving officers, first made the allegations of sexual and physical abuse against the male officer in 2017 and he was taken off public facing duties.
A criminal investigation was launched by Essex Police, given where the alleged crimes had taken place, and the officer was permitted to carry on working without suspension.
In 2019, the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was not enough evidence to prosecute the allegations and the police investigation was dropped.
The Met Police only ruled that the officer had a case to answer for gross misconduct in February this year – three years after the women first made the allegations and one year after they were awarded £28,700 in compensation. A date for his misconduct hearing has not been set.
Meanwhile, Holly has said that she still lives in fear of bumping into him at work.
According to a joint investigation by the BBC and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Holly was a junior police officer when she started a relationship with an older, more senior colleague.
After a few months he became controlling and violent, she told the BBC, and one night in 2013 he dragged her by the hair and “threw me into the dining room table” and against the arm of a sofa, cracking her ribs.
“It was an unbelievable amount of pain. I couldn’t get my breath,” she said.
Neighbours called the police but Holly was too afraid to report the assault. On another occasion, she claims that he raped her.
The male officer also had a relationship and moved in with Kate, who over three years claims that she was also raped and assaulted, including being “beaten up in my car” while it was parked on police premises.
“He started abusing me after four months of being together,” she said. “It progressed and progressed… he tried to kill me. He threw me against a chest of drawers in the bedroom.”
The women said their experiences were a “carbon copy” of each other and were put in touch by a mutual friend shortly after Kate ended her relationship with the male officer.
When the women made the complaints, they were met with what they described as a “really bad investigation” by Essex Police.
Essex Police said it carried out lengthy investigations but accepts “there were areas for improvement in the management of these investigations”.
The Met Police said: “The MPS takes all allegations of domestic abuse extremely seriously and 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 alleged victims in this case.”
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