A former Metropolitan Police officer found guilty of rape tried to access details of the case through police computer systems.

Ireland Murdock, 26, was convicted on Monday following a trial at Inner London Crown Court. He will be sentenced later this month.

Murdock was dismissed from the force in July 2022 after admitting putting his victim’s name through a police computer.

The court heard that on 25 September 2021, while he was off-duty, Murdock raped a woman.

The victim reported the incident to the police in January 2022, and Murdock was swiftly arrested. He was charged in March 2022.

The jury heard that in January 2022, after the woman made the report, Murdock searched for her name on a police system and accessed a restricted crime report relating to her.

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Chief Superintendent Andy Carter, who is in charge of policing for the Central North Basic Command Unit, said: "Murdock committed an absolutely atrocious offence, and caused his victim a lot of pain and fear. He betrayed everything we stand for and I am disgusted by his actions.

"I would like to thank the victim for her courage and bravery in coming forward. I would also like to thank those who investigated him for building such a strong case that led to him being found guilty.

"We took immediate action to suspend Murdock from duty when his offending came to light and we dismissed him at the earliest opportunity as soon as he pleaded guilty to unauthorised access to computer material.

"We are determined to have a Met that the public can trust, with officers that people feel confident to approach. When someone fails to meet these standards, we will take action to remove them from our organisation."

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