Detective accused over handling of rape inquiries

Carl Ryan
Carl Ryan

A detective stands accused of a string of allegations relating to the way he handled rape and sex assault investigations.

Former Det Con Carl Ryan, 34, of Cemmaes Court Road, Hemel Hempstead, is accused of signing witness statements himself and incorrectly informing a suspect of a decision to prosecute.

Ryan, who appeared in court on Friday, allegedly failed to fully investigate serious sexual assaults while working on Scotland Yard’s Sapphire unit.

The officer also told a suspect he would face prosecution when no such decision had been made, it is claimed.

Ryan then allegedly entered bogus details on the unit’s crime report system in relation to the submission of exhibits and advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.

He appeared at Southwark Crown Court on six counts of misconduct in public office.

Ryan was sacked from the force following an investigation into his conduct between 2010 and 2012 by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

He allegedly failed to handle the forensic side of investigations on a number of occasions at the Met’s Sapphire command, in Islington in north London.

Concerns with Ryan’s work were initially raised by one of his supervisors in May 2012. Ryan is yet to enter pleas to the six charges and was granted unconditional bail ahead of his plea hearing later this year on December 19.

A provisional trial date of July 13 next year was also set.

Judge Alistair McCreath said: “You can go to return for your case management hearing on December 19.

“And you must put in your diary July 13 next year which will be your trial date.

“You can go now on the bail conditions you have had.”

His trial is expected to last for four weeks.