Met Police officer tied woman up and warned her ‘who are you going to tell, I’m the police’

A Metropolitan Police officer tied a woman up using duct tape and told her “who are you going to tell, I’m the police”, a court has heard.

PC Sam Grigg attacked a female housemate in their shared house in Twickenham on 2 December, while she was getting lunch.

Prosecutor Alexander Agbamu told Kingston Crown Court the 36-year-old entered the kitchen and “without warning or explanation began to tape wrists together”.

“[The victim] kept asking the defendant ‘why are you doing this?’ and telling him all she wanted to do was have some food and return to her room,” the barrister added. “The defendant told her that he thought it was funny.”

Grigg began to apply “more force” and taped her ankles together, then taped her mouth as she continued to resist, the court heard.

After she was bound the doorbell rang and Grigg went to the door, with the victim trying to crawl to the kitchen to find a knife to cut herself free.

Mr Agbamu said Grigg returned and “seemed to enjoy” watching her efforts trying to open drawers with her feet, “telling her she would never be able to set herself free”.

“After a while he told her he would take her bindings off if she asked him nicely,” the prosecutor added. “She pleaded with him to set her free.”

Grigg then used the knife to cut the woman’s bindings but cut her in the process, saying “oops”.

The court heard that after his victim said she would report him, he told her: “Who are you going to tell? I’m the police.”

After cutting his victim free, he “in a jokey tone asked her if she forgave him” and the woman said she did not.

The court heard that Grigg had no relationship with the woman other than their residence of the same shared house, which he already lived in when she had arrived six months before.

The victim told police that she thought Grigg was going to rape her, adding: “He’s always been such a nice guy. He’s a bit weird but he was very sweet so when it was happening I thought ‘surely not’.”

The court heard that she suffers from nightmares and flashbacks, struggles to eat and sleep and has self-harmed as a result of the attack.

She initially reported the attack to her landlady, and made an online report to the police on 6 December.

The court heard that there was a delay in it reaching Metropolitan Police detectives because the “system understood that she was trying to make a complaint against a police officer rather than reporting a crime”.

Judge Lodder KC, who will pass sentence later on Friday, said the victim “did not appear to feel confident to go straight to the police”.

The court heard that since the attack, she “feels anxious when she sees police vehicle, walks past a police station or when a police officer passes close by”.

“It has caused her to mistrust the police and made her concerned about the recruitment processes of the police,” Mr Agbamu added.

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