PC sentenced in rape blunder

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

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PC jailed for 4 months

PC Notley broke down in tears today as she was jailed for four months for falsely claiming that prosecutors had dropped a rape case.

PC Hannah Notley told the alleged victim, as well as her superiors, that the Crown Prosecution Service had decided not to pursue the case, when she had never passed the file to them in the first place.

Notley, who had taken on detective duties working as a sexual offences-trained officer at Essex Police CID, was jailed at Southwark Crown Court, after previously pleading guilty to a charge of misconduct in public office between July 6 2011 and April 21 2012.

Policewoman said rape case had been dropped

PC Hannah Notley 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.

The 30 year old 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.

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

She will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court today.

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