British police officer has been imprisoned in Antigua for 15 years for raping a student at a wedding
- Ex Scotland Yard PC Lee Martin-Cramp jailed for an attack on Antigua in 2015
- The 26-year-old was accused of raping a woman during a family wedding
- Martin-Cramp had tried to block an extradition request to the Caribbean island
A British police officer has been imprisoned in Antigua for 15 years for raping a student during a holiday in Antigua.
Former Scotland Yard PC Lee Martin-Cramp was convicted yesterday by a jury at the Supreme Court of Antigua for raping a foreign student while attending a family wedding in May 2015.
The Metropolitan Police said the 26-year-old used his job to cheat on his victim by trusting him.
Martin-Cramp had previously claimed that being sent to the Caribbean would violate his human rights. He tried to block an extradition request to the island paradise, and claimed that detention in his notorious 18th-century prison would be inhumane.
But in a legal scoop, the West Indian government convinced a London judge to conclude his extradition with an extraordinary accommodation agreement.
Former PC Lee Martin-Cramp (pictured during a passing ceremony) was convicted yesterday at the Supreme Court of Antigua for raping a foreign student while attending a family wedding three years ago
They agreed to house Martin-Cramp on a former US air base with air conditioning, a refrigerator and a private bathroom.
The design cannot be compared to the filthy interior of 1735, the national prison of Antigua and Barbuda, named after the year in which it was built.
The harsh conditions, terrible overcrowding and corruption among guards have been criticized by the United Nations and the US Department of Foreign Affairs.
A special case hearing by the Met in June found that the Scotland Yard officer had acted without & # 39; honesty or integrity & # 39; and was fired without notice.
Commander Catherine Roper, Professional Standards, said: “Former PC Martin-Cramp has been convicted of a very serious crime.
& # 39; The evidence provided during the trial contained disturbing details about how the victim trusted him because he was a police officer and how he profited from that trust in the most regrettable way.
& # 39; The actions of the officer clearly fell below those of a decent person, but especially a person whose job is to protect and keep people safe. & # 39;
Martin-Cramp joined the Metropolitan Police in 2014 and was posted on the Wanted Offenders Unit in Wimbledon, in southeast London.
Police on the island said that a foreign student based on the island came forward to claim that she had been raped during his stay.
The Scotland Yard officer (photo) tried to block a move to Antigua by claiming to be detained at the infamous 18th-century prison of the island paradise
Before they could arrest Martin-Cramp, he left the island and the authorities commenced the lengthy legal proceedings to secure his return.
According to documents released by the Westminster Magistrates & Court, Martin-Cramp's lawyers said he could not be extradited due to prison conditions.
In February 2017, the country's main magistrate, Emma Arbuthnot, agreed and said she & # 39; not suitable & # 39; were for a suspect who for a & # 39; long period & # 39; would be detained.
But at a hearing this summer, she reversed her decision after receiving assurances from the Attorney General of Antigua.
& # 39; They brought forward a room on a former US air base with air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a private bathroom & # 39 ;, she wrote in a statement. & # 39; The circumstances were satisfactory to say the least. & # 39;
Judge Arbuthnot said she would also like Martin-Cramp to exercise outside of his room for at least two hours a day.
She added: & # 39; I would like to thank the Antigua authorities for their approach in this case, which is beneficial to the extradition process and to the person sought himself. & # 39;
The extradition, approved last year by Interior Minister Sajid Javid, marks the first time that a British citizen has been extradited to Antigua to be prosecuted.
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