A jury has been tasked with determining whether a police officer sexually assaulted a missing lady.
Jurors will have to decide whether a police officer sexually assaulted a missing lady after he was dispatched to check on her after a domestic dispute.
After the young woman fled from her husband, who reported her missing, Metropolitan Police officer Rudvelle Walters, 48, is accused of placing his hand into her panties at the end of a 20-minute welfare check at her refuge hotel.
Walters told the woman, who is Polish and in her twenties and who cannot be identified for legal reasons, that he would only leave her room at the Best Western in Wembley if her friend, who was also present, kissed him.
According to her, he also slapped her bottom.
Walters, who has an excellent reputation, disputes one claim of sexual assault, which occurred sometime after 6 a.m. on February 5, 2019.
He said the woman was being “overly nice” to him and that he did not touch her.
“She (the complainant) was not, you may assume, out for a good time, having a few drinks with her pal, being stupid with a police officer old enough to be her father,” prosecutor Abigail Husbands said in her closing remarks to jurors.
“There’s no motive for her to make this up; the allegation has only brought her problems. She had no reason to fabricate information about this man.”
“You may conclude that the real starting point is that a rather odd charge has been made against a man of excellent character,” defence attorney Robert Morris said in his closing remarks.
“The most compelling evidence you have shows that her (the missing woman’s) behavior on that night was strange, and she hasn’t been forthcoming with you.”
Walters sent her a Facebook friend request while she was in the room, according to the lady, and then sent her a private message saying “hello” with a heart emoji when his shift ended.
However, according to Walters, the woman took his phone and dialed her number before adding her as a Facebook friend.
He stated his case. (This is a brief piece.)