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Police encouraged woman to drop rape claim against murderer

MURDERER: Jean Say killed his two children in their beds

AN OFFICER in the Metropolitan Police’s sex crime unit convinced a woman to not take her rape claim any further against a man who later murdered his own two children, according to an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report.

The alleged rapist Jean Say murdered his daughter and son two years ago.

The Met unit in question, Southwark Sapphire, is said to have instigated a ploy to boost its detection rates by encouraging victims to drop allegations, said the IPCC. The officer involved in the Say allegation was a detective sergeant based in Southwark, south London, who was of the opinion that the claimant had “consented” to sex with him, and therefore it was not rape.

The Met said changes in its procedures have been made.

“There is no doubt from the evidence that the woman made an allegation of rape at Walworth police station which should have been believed and thoroughly investigated”, the IPCC report said.

The police watchdog’s report added that the unit in Southwark had an attitude of “failing to believe victims”, deemed “wholly inappropriate” by the IPCC, which concluded Southwark Sapphire was “under-performing and over-stretched”.

Deborah Glass, the IPCC’s deputy chairwoman, said: “here's no doubt this was an incredibly serious, shocking incident.

“We know with all the cases that we've dealt with that the consequences of not dealing with allegations of rape can be extremely serious.

“This is yet another tragic illustration of that”, she added.

Eight-year-old Regina and 10-year-old Rolls were murdered in their beds by Say, 62, in his Southwark home. The children were visiting him for weekend access visit. During his trial, the court was told the retired concierge killed them to spite his wife who had left him.

Say was convicted with a 30-year minimum sentence.

The IPCC’s report is its ninth investigation into the Met’s handling of cases involving victims of sexual violence. It is also the sixth time Southwark Sapphire command has investigated by the watchdog.

A spokesman for the Met said: “We have for some time acknowledged that previous investigation of rape and serious sexual assault in the MPS was below standard.

“The activities identified in this report came during that era and highlight specific issues within Southwark which resulted in unacceptable actions by local officers.

“It is as a result of such failings that we have made substantial changes to the investigation of rape and serious sexual assault, both in terms of structure and revised working practices.”

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