A serving Metropolitan Police officer, Pc Cliff Mitchell, has made a court appearance in connection with serious charges, including rape and threats to kill.
At Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the 23-year-old officer did not enter a plea to the charges, which include six counts of rape, one count of making threats to kill, and one count of breaching a non-molestation order.
Alleged Violent Assault
The court was informed that earlier this week, Mitchell allegedly approached the victim and, using a knife, ordered her to put her arms behind her back.
He is accused of then tying her up with cable ties and placing tape over her mouth while threatening to kill her if she made any noise.
Subsequently, after being forced into Mitchell’s car, the woman reportedly pleaded to stop because she felt ill.
Attempting to escape, she ran away, and Mitchell allegedly pursued her on the street, attempting to force her back into his vehicle.
Fortunately, a passerby intervened, ensuring her safety.
Arrest and Additional Charges
Police located Mitchell’s car using automatic number plate recognition and arrested him on Thursday.
In addition to the recent alleged rape, Mitchell faces rape charges dating as far back as 2020.
Official Response and Investigation
Before the court appearance, Met Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy expressed concern about the allegations and assured that the victim was receiving support from specially trained officers.
The Metropolitan Police’s Directorate of Professional Standards is actively investigating the case.
Given the seriousness of the allegations and the fact that a serving police officer is involved, an immediate referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been made.
Professional Status and Suspension
Mitchell, a member of the Met’s West Area Basic Command Unit, has been suspended from duty.
He is currently pursuing a police training degree. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 5 at Croydon Court.
The charges against a serving police officer are deeply troubling, and they demand thorough investigation and accountability.
The case underscores the importance of transparency and accountability within law enforcement agencies to maintain public trust and ensure that justice is served.Read More On The Topic On TDPel Media