Police officer groped woman in alley.

Posted: March 11, 2010 in Law & Disorder

Police officer strip-searched a waitress and groped her intimately in a dark alleyway in west London.

IliePc Marc Pullen left his patrol van to confront the woman in the alleyway near Shepherd’s Bush underground station in the early hours of December 21, 2008. The officer, who was on duty and in full uniform, moved the victim behind a wall and pulled her trousers and knickers down and her jumper and bra up before groping her, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Pullen, who was the driver of a police transport van sent to the scene of an unrelated incident in the same area, left the van unnoticed by his fellow officers and approached the victim in the alley.

He asked the woman, who had been urinating in the alley after a night out, what she was doing and whether she had taken drugs, but seemed to take no notice of her answers. The woman consented to being searched by the officer, assuming she would just be patted down.

The court was told Pullen, 37, lifted her arms above her head and made her stand with her hands against the wall, then unfastened the belt of her trousers and pulled them down to her mid-thigh along with her knickers, groping her intimately, and on her groin and thighs, with both hands.

When she asked if there were any female officers who could search her, Pullen said there were no women around, despite the fact he knew two female officers were in the van 60 yards away. Turning his attention to her chest, the court was told Pullen said: “Let’s see what’s going on up there.”

She stopped him and demanded proof he was a police officer. But after showing her his warrant card he lifted her jumper up to her neck and pulled her bra up, exposing her breasts before stepping back to look at her and groped her breasts.

The victim, a Polish national who lives in North Acton, told the court that when Pullen started pulling her clothes off instead of patting her down she thought it may have been a tougher search method introduced to tackle terrorism. Pullen, who gave his address as care of Reynolds Dawson Solicitors in Uxbridge, west London, denies sexual assault.

The trial continues.


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