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Police officer ‘kissed and groped a domestic abuse victim’

Ihsan Ali, 40, used his work mobile phone to message four women who he had been assisting in their complaints as victims of domestic abuse, a jury was told

A police officer investigating a domestic abuse case allegedly kissed and groped the victim after bombarding her with a series of raunchy texts, a court heard.

Ihsan Ali, 40, used his work mobile phone to message four women who he had been assisting in their complaints as victims of domestic abuse, a jury was told.

Ali exchanged hundreds of texts with the women and even went to one of their houses, the court was told.

But after he allegedly groped her and made sexually suggestive comments during the encounter – she told him to leave. 

One text message he sent her read: ‘Even if there was a little trouble I reckon you would definitely be worth it.’ 

The jury was told Ali initially went to the homes of his four alleged female victims to legitimately investigate complaints they had made about being the victims of crime.

But in each case Ali allegedly gave the complainants his personal mobile phone number and sent them inappropriate texts, including about contraception.

Prosecutor Sarah Johnston told the court: ‘He then takes advantage of their vulnerability to pursue emotional and sexual relationships with them.

‘The particular circumstances of each of them being the victim of crime is what he used to initiate and further justify communication with them.’

Ms Johnston said his behaviour was ‘a fundamental betrayal of the public’ and what policing values stand for.

The court heard how Ali went to the first complainant’s house Burnley in May 2016 in relation to threats she had received from a former work colleague.

Ms Johnston said Ali continued to message her on WhatsApp from his personal mobile until November 2016, which the victim thought was ‘strange’.

In texts Ali allegedly sent he told the woman she ‘looked mmmm’ and that she was a ‘wonderful woman’.

His victim even text a friend saying: ‘How do you end up being stalked by someone when you go to make a complaint?’

Ali also used a similar technique to groom three other women over texts.

Ali exchanged hundreds of texts with the women and even went to one of their houses, the court was told

Ali exchanged hundreds of texts with the women and even went to one of their houses, the court was told

Ms Johnston said the defendant also allegedly sent a picture of himself to one of the women while he was in a swimming pool.

He also messaged a woman – who had breached her restraining order against her partner –  saying ‘she would make a good wife’ in September 2016, the court heard.

Ali was suspended from his role as an immediate response officer in Blackburn and Burnley after being accused of misconduct in public office to four women.

Ms Johnston said Ali accepted he sent the women text messages but said his behaviour didn’t amount to misconduct.

Ali, from Bacup, denies four counts of misconduct in judicial or public office between May 26, 2016, and April 8, 2017.

The case continues. 

 

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