Policeman told a woman who had been ‘repeatedly raped to contact the Citizens Advice Bureau’

December 18, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A policeman told a woman who claimed she had been repeatedly raped to contact the Citizens Advice Bureau, a jury heard.

The alleged victim had already given a detailed account to a Pc when she taken to see acting detective sergeant Mark Thorne.

He gave her some advice and a CAB leaflet but the man she accused of raping her was not arrested – until he allegedly went on to commit another attack.

A court heard that Thorne, who has 22 years’ experience, was now under investigation by
his superiors at Kent Police.

He was called to give evidence at Canterbury Crown Court where he said he was not aware of the woman’s claims about his actions.

He told a jury: “When I discovered her allegations I was sick to the stomach, because I thought ‘Who is going to believe that I never knew about that?”

Christopher May, prosecuting, said the woman had phoned police and made an allegation of rape and a PC was sent to interview her.

He said she made a detailed complaint of being raped and was then taken to Margate police station in May last year.

Thorne, who is now a detective constable, claimed he was not told that she had already made detailed accusations of rape.

He also admitted he had not created a crime report, despite the earlier allegations.

He said he asked the woman four questions regarding the allegations and then gave her advice – including a leaflet from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

He said: “I understand what the law says about rape so I explained to (her) that she would have had to object to sexual intercourse.

“I told her that the police had to deal with criminal law, although we can offer some guidance and advice and then I went through appropriate ways in which she could do it, Citizens Advice.

“I went through the leaflets. I told her there were contact numbers that might be useful.

“But she wouldn’t disclose anything. I tried to empathise to help her to open up. There was clearly something she was unhappy about.

“So I arranged for her to be taken home again. I have had no dealings with her since that date.”

Alan Lucas, 48, of Broadstairs, Kent denies the rape charges.

Trial continues.

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