Pc sentenced for rape case blunders

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A policewoman who failed to properly investigate a rape allegation and then told the complainant it had been dropped will be sentenced today.

Pc Hannah Notley, 30, from Benfleet in Essex, cried in the dock at Inner London Crown Court last month as she pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct in a public office.

She failed to correct the assumption of her superiors at Essex Police that the case had been investigated and passed on to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the court heard.

She then told the complainant, whose alleged attacker is currently awaiting trial, that it had been decided that no further action would be taken.

The court heard that Notley had engaged in conduct which amounted to an abuse of public trust while in a public office between July 6 2011 and April 21 2012.

Granting Notley bail, judge Alistair McCreath told her: "'It is very important that you understand that the court will pass on you the sentence that is fair and correct on the basis of the information the court then has. Nothing I'm doing or saying can amount at all to a hint, indication or promise of what will await you.''

She will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.

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