Victim of sexual exploitation by on-duty police officer wins damages from the Met

28.03.14 | |

A woman who was sexually exploited by an on-duty police officer has won her claim for misfeasance against the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.  The officer had attended to take a witness statement from the claimant, who had just been the victim of domestic violence by her then partner.  She had been drinking and was in a vulnerable state, but the officer engaged in consensual oral sex with her.  The judge awarded damages for psychiatric injury and aggravated damages.  In doing so he was highly critical of the Commissioner for having fought the case to trial.  The judge had earlier ruled that it was an abuse of process for the Commissioner to deny vicarious liability in circumstances where the officer had been convicted of misconduct in a public office in relation to the same events – it being an essential element of that offence that the officer was acting in the course of his duties.

 

The claimant was represented by Ruth Brander from Doughty Street and Sasha Barton of Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors.

 

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