30th November, 2022
The Wolverhampton Crown Court has heard a case of a Metropolitan Police officer, Paul Hoile, accused of raping a stranger after showing her his warrant card.
He was said to have shown her his warrant card and questioned her about her driving license.
Hoile is a Special Constable. He was accused of carrying out the act late at night by the road side after snatching the woman’s phone following “inappropriate” contact with her in July.
According to MyLondon, Hoile, 40, from Essex, claimed consensual activity took place “without fuss” after he and a friend approached the woman in Shropshire in July.
Prosecutor Caroline Goodwin KC on Wednesday said the officer was staying in the area and was drunk.
She said the victim could not be identified, as she was left confused, upset… emotionally distraught.
“But in those moments after, when she thought about what had occurred, she had sufficient about her that, in spite of the deeply personal nature of these assaults, she made an immediate complaint,” Godwin said.
The court heard that Hoile was a serving Special Constable with the Met but was not on duty at the time the incident occurred.
Godwin said Hoile abused and was “hiding behind” his police powers in speaking with the woman as she prepared to drive away from him and his friend.
“In drink, he was acting as if he was in charge, like a police officer… questioning her about her (driving) license. She asked for his warrant card and he produced it – he kept his thumb over where his name was,” she said.
“He followed her on the road. He was drunk and you will hear her say she thought he was capable of anything,” she added.