ESSEX SEX COPS ON TRIAL

 

 

 

 

20 th January 2012

Three serving Essex Police officers have been accused of unlawfully detaining a man during a house search in 2009.

Ps Morton testified to the truth of the facts stated by the victim but blamed liability on Police officers present from another force.   He also admitted to destroying a briefing document.

 

The Officers: Lee Morton (pictured), 29; Imran James Rafiq, 36; and Mark Sibley, 50; are all based at Laindon Police station's controversial POLIT team, dubbed the "sex squad".  They had to give evidence in a trial at Norwich County Court after they were named in a civil action brought against their force.

The case was brought under Article 5 of the Human Rights Act 1998 that ensures Police have to provide full legal and justifiable reasons when detaining someone.

 

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, accused the officers of handcuffing him, grabbing him, throwing him into a wall and a chair while in handcuffs and holding him for three hours.  He had not been arrested.

 

During the trial it emerged that the Essex Police officers had also detained the victim's girlfriend and subjected her to a humiliating strip search.   She too was not arrested; however she was too scared to testify against the Police.

 

Essex Police had attempted to settle the claim outside of court, but the victim thought it was important that justice was done.   Essex Police then attempted to stop the hearing by claiming that the legal proceedings were out of time, but the trial went ahead anyway.

 

During testimony, Pc Rafiq admitted that he had manhandled the victim and didn't know if he had any legal reason to.   He said he felt justified because the victim had "no hair" and looked "nervous".

 

Pc Rafiq had also boasted to the court about a commendation he had received, but didn't disclose the fact that he had also received a separate complaint about inappropriate conduct with a member of the public.

 

Ps Morton testified to the truth of the facts stated by the victim but blamed liability on Police officers present from another force.   He also admitted to destroying a briefing document.

 

Pc Sibley had originally refused to provide a statement and only came to the court after he was threatened with a summons. In his evidence he denied having recollection or knowledge of the event.   It also emerged that he had previously had discipline charges against him for misconduct.

 

Essex Police deny liability and the trial continues.

 

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