North Wales Police Officer sentenced for Rape

20/03/2017

Police officer Iain James Clarke started a five year prison sentence last week having previously being convicted by a jury. He had been granted bail to appear at today's hearing at Mold Crown Court but the Judge told him to prepare himself for a prison sentence.

He was formerly an officer with Greater Manchester Police and transferred to North Wales Police along with his wife in 2013. At the time of the offence he was serving with the Major Crime team.

The offence happened in December 2015 in Flintshire where Clarke lived.   Clarke told the court that the victim consented to the act, even though his wife was asleep in a nearby room.

Lucy Dowdall of the Crown Prosecution Service said: "Rape is a terrible crime in any circumstances but the fact Clarke was a policeman demonstrates a gross breach of trust on his part."

"Any allegation of rape is taken extremely seriously, and we will apply the law equally to everyone, regardless of their position within the community."

"There is considerable support available to victims and witnesses who give evidence in court and we make full use of these provisions to assist them, as we did so in this case."

ENDS.

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • Lucy Dowdall is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • The victim used a live video link facility to give her evidence to the court.