Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Was Raped in My Own Home by Corrupt PC' Court Hears Former Drug Addict's Claim

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Was Raped in My Own Home by Corrupt PC' Court Hears Former Drug Addict's Claim

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Byline: Rob Kennedy

AFORMER heroin addict told a court that a Northumbria police officer subjected her to a humiliating rape ordeal in her own home.

Newcastle Crown Court was told that PC Stephen Mitchell kept her under his control for four years after he made her perform a sex act on him in a police station interview room once he had arrested her. The woman, now a postgraduate after years of being clean of drugs, said the officer even gave her money when she was trying to quit heroin so she could buy the drug - telling her that attempting to quit would fail.

Mitchell, a 42-year-old Northumbria Police officer from Glasgow, denies five counts of rape, six indecent assaults and 15 counts of misconduct in a public office, said to have occurred between 1999 and 2006.

The witness, one of 16 complainants, said he raped her the last time she saw him in 2003.

She said she had asked him repeatedly to give her CCTV footage he claimed he had of her fraudulently cashing a benefits cheque at a post office in Sunderland, some years before. By this time, she had a job and her own flat and said she was terrified she could lose it all if the tape emerged.

Giving evidence from behind a screen, she described how Mitchell, formerly of Whitley Bay, handcuffed her, claiming he was arresting her for the benefit fraud. …

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