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Serving Met PC jailed for assault and “shocking” domestic abuse tried to use rough sex as an excuse

A serving Met Policeman has been jailed for assault and “shocking” controlling behaviour.

PC Jamie Rayner, 27, who was attached to the South Area Command Unit, who was found guilty of assaulting his partner in a coercive and controlling relationship, tried to used “rough sex” as an excuse to hide his crimes.

He has been sentenced to two years and three months’ imprisonment.

He pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, September 8, and was sentenced last Thursday.

PC Rayner was arrested on March 24 and later charged with the offences, which were committed off duty between March 18 and 21.

The court heard that he repeatedly pinned down and throttled Bonnie Hudson – a fellow police officer – towards the end of their ten-month relationship.

The final straw came when PC Rayner kicked and punched his partner – causing bruises and a bloodied lip – and slammed a door into her stomach to leave her slumped on the floor in tears.

When Ms Hudson told colleagues about the abuse, Rayner threatened to make up false allegations about her and suggested she blame her injuries on “rough sex”.

Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, in charge of policing for Bromley, Croydon and Sutton, said: “PC Rayner’s actions are totally unacceptable and fall far short of the standards we expect in our organisation. Moreover, this shocking behaviour undermines the public’s confidence and trust.

“No one should be in any doubt that my officers and I are completely committed to investigating cases of controlling and coercive behaviour and, as in this case, will provide specialist support to those who come forward and report this type of crime.

“I have no doubt that it might be difficult or frightening to come forward but I want anyone who has experienced this to know that we will take your report seriously, and do everything in our power to help.

“All of us in the Met know we need to continue to build public confidence in this area, and we will deal with issues which involve police officers in a robust and transparent way through criminal and misconduct routes.”

PC Rayner has been suspended from policing duties and a misconduct proceed will now follow the conclusion of criminal matters.

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