Police officer who raped woman in Antigua facing prison after ‘legal first’ extradition

‘He took advantage of victim’s trust in the most deplorable way’

Friday 24 May 2019 15:39
The attack happened while the officer was on holiday on Antigua
The attack happened while the officer was on holiday on Antigua

A Metropolitan Police officer faces a lengthy jail sentence in the Caribbean after he was found guilty of raping a woman.

Constable Lee Martin-Cramp was convicted by a jury at Antigua’s High Court after being extradited to the island in what is thought to be a legal first.

The officer used his job to dupe his victim into trusting him before carrying out the “most deplorable” attack while on holiday on Antigua in May 2015.

The 26-year-old was suspended from duties and is expected to be sentenced on 11 July.

Martin-Cramp, who was attached to the Met’s Merton borough, will be subject to misconduct proceedings.

Commander Catherine Roper, of the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards, said he had been found guilty of an extremely serious offence.

“The evidence given during the trial included distressing details of how the victim trusted him because he was a police officer, and how he took advantage of that trust in the most deplorable way,” she said.

“The officer’s actions fell well below that of any decent person, but particularly a person whose job is to protect people and keep them safe.

“He will now be subject to expedited misconduct proceedings.”

During the week-long trial, the court heard Martin-Cramp put something in the woman’s wine that made her pass out, the Daily Mail reported.

Martin-Cramp was first arrested over the rape in June 2016 by the Met’s Extradition Unit.

He was extradited to Antigua in September 2018, after an extradition request from the Antiguan authorities was granted.

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