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Policeman 'raped vulnerable women'


A police officer is accused of raping women he met on duty

A police officer is accused of raping women he met on duty

A police officer is accused of raping women he met on duty

A blackmailing police officer preyed on vulnerable women he met on duty, gave them drugs and raped them, a court has heard.

Pc Stephen Mitchell, 42, made advances towards heroin addicts, a disabled teenager and a middle-aged shop-lifter in an interview suite at Pilgrim Street Police Station, in Newcastle city centre, a jury was told.

The 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 charges relate to 16 complainants Mitchell met in the line of duty, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Paul Sloan QC, prosecuting, said Mitchell repeatedly raped a heroin addict who asked him to help her get back her children from care. The woman, now in her 30s and from North Tyneside, said he gave her heroin when he picked her up in his car and even gave her money to buy foil and a lighter from a shop so she could take it. Mr Sloan said the officer then told her: "I have done you a favour, I want you to do one for me." He then forced her to commit a sex act on him, the court heard.

Days later he threatened to plant heroin in her home if she did not get into his car, Mr Sloan said, where she performed another sex act. The next day the defendant drove her to a dirt track, Mr Sloan said. "This time, in addition to the threat to plant drugs, the defendant was telling her that if she did not do as he said he would ensure that her children were taken away from her for good," Mr Sloan said. "This time he raped her." He forced himself on her on several more occasions, the court heard.

He promised he would help her get her children back, though she never did. He also gave her more drugs, it was alleged.

After she was arrested for failing to attend a court hearing, she was granted bail and Mitchell drove her home. On the way he parked and made her perform sex acts on him, the court heard.

"He then told her he was going to have sex with her and that this would be the last time," Mr Sloan said. "(He said) 'It will be over soon and I will let you go'. He proceeded to rape her, covering her mouth when she screamed."

The officer, who joined up in 1998, told one heroin addict in custody that "he could make things messy for her", the court heard. He then visited her home in Newcastle repeatedly and had unprotected sex with her.

The case was adjourned until Wednesday.

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