Se­rial rapist PC sacked by the Met for sex­ual at­tacks

Of­fences com­mit­ted on house­boat while of­fi­cer was off-duty

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber

A SE­RIAL rapist po­lice of­fi­cer who car­ried out a string of sex at­tacks on a house­boat in Uxbridge has been sacked from the Met.

PC Michael Gra­ham was jailed for 16 years in June af­ter be­ing con­victed at the Old Bai­ley of seven counts of rape and one sex­ual as­sault.

The 49-year-old from Houn­slow, who has been placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for life, was dis­missed by the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice fol­low­ing a mis­con­duct hear­ing on Thurs­day.

Gra­ham car­ried out the at­tacks on a house­boat in Uxbridge be­tween De­cem­ber 2013 and Septem­ber 2014, while he was off-duty.

He was recorded via a sleep app on the vic­tim’s iPhone threat­en­ing to kill her and say­ing “I like hurt­ing you” while car­ry­ing out the of­fences.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner He­len King, the Met’s lead for pro­fes­sion­al­ism, said Gra­ham’s crimes were so se­ri­ous it was clear only dis­missal would suf­fice.

“The con­vic­tion of a po­lice of­fi­cer is al­ways a se­ri­ous mat­ter and in this case is very clearly a breach of pro­fes­sional stan­dards so se­ri­ous that dis­missal is the only op­tion,” she said.

“At a time when much work has been done to im­prove the con­fi­dence of vic­tims to re­port sex­ual of­fences to the po­lice, the neg­a­tive im­pact of an of­fi­cer be­ing con­victed of rape and sex­ual as­sault in these cir­cum­stances is very ob­vi­ous. His ac­tions have very clearly brought the po­lice ser­vice into dis­re­pute. It is im­mensely to the vic­tim’s credit that she had the courage and re­silience to re­port these mat­ters and see them through the trau­matic process of a trial to achieve the con­vic­tion.

“These con­vic­tions are so se­ri­ous, as is the im­pact on the vic­tim and on public con­fi­dence more broadly, that there is only one ap­pro­pri­ate out­come in this case. That is for PC Gra­ham to be dis­missed with­out no­tice.”

n SACKED: PC Michael Gra­ham has been dis­missed fol­low­ing his con­vic­tion

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