Metropolitan Police officer found guilty of rape after admitting accessing victim’s details through police computer | UK News
A former Metropolitan Police officer has been found guilty of rape.
Ireland Murdock, 26, had previously admitted to putting his victim’s name through a police computer after the attack.
He was convicted of rape on Monday following a trial at Inner London Crown Court and will be sentenced later this month.
The court heard Murdock raped a woman while he was off-duty on 25 September 2021.
He was arrested after the victim reported the incident to the police the following January.
After the woman made the report, Murdock searched for her name on a police system and accessed a restricted crime report relating to her, the jury heard.
Murdock was dismissed from the force in July 2022 after he admitted searching the victim’s name.
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Chief Superintendent Andy Carter, who is in charge of policing for the Central North Basic Command Unit, said: “Murdock committed an absolutely atrocious offence, and caused his victim a lot of pain and fear. He betrayed everything we stand for and I am disgusted by his actions.”
He thanked the victim for her “courage and bravery in coming forward”.
Mr Carter said the officer was suspended as soon as the allegations were made against him, and he was dismissed at the “earliest opportunity”.
“We are determined to have a Met that the public can trust, with officers that people feel confident to approach. When someone fails to meet these standards, we will take action to remove them from our organisation,” he added.
Murdock has now been placed on the barred list held by the College of Policing, meaning he can never return to the service.