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Metropolitan policeman 'taunted his rape victim'

A police officer on trial for rape told his victim that nobody would believe her if she reported the attacks because of his job, a court has heard.

Errol Patterson, 52, is accused of raping the woman five times over a period from 2005 to 2011, Woolwich Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor Tom Wilkins said: "He taunted her with the fact she was dealing with a serving police officer."

The officer, of Lambeth police station, denies five counts of rape.

'I felt dirty'

The jury was told the reason there was a delay between the alleged attacks and a report being made to the police was because of his taunts.

The prosecutor said: "[Mr] Patterson would tell the woman, 'Who's going to believe you? I know the courts very well, I'm a police officer,' before adding, 'If you report this allegation no one is going to believe you'."

"It got to the point she just expected it to happen," Mr Wilkinson added.

The alleged victim sat in court behind a screen as her videoed police interview was played to the jury.

She broke down in tears during the interview as she described feeling "like garbage" after the alleged rapes.

"I felt cheap, I felt dirty," she said.

The woman told police that Mr Patterson's "mind games" worked as she did not report the incidents to police.

The trial continues.

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