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Blundering cop who lied about rape cases jailed for 16 months
A former policeman who botched rape and sexual assault cases – including an alleged attack on a 96-year-old woman – has been jailed for 16 months.
Ex-DC Ryan Coleman-Farrow, 30, of St Leonards, tried to cover up his failings. He falsely claimed that a rape victim had dropped charges and changed witness statements.
He pleaded guilty to 13 counts of misconduct in a public office at Southwark Crown Court last month.
Passing sentence today, Judge Alistair McCreath said: “In all 13 cases you failed to take steps that were appropriate and necessary for a full and proper investigation of each case, whether by failing to take statements or to gather exhibits or to pass material on to other agencies for further investigation or analysis.
“All of these people had made complaints of sexual abuse and many of them were particularly vulnerable.
"Thus the complainants did not have their cases taken to court.
"Perhaps some of them might never have got that far.
"But whether those cases did get to court or not, those who were thought to be victims of sexual abuse simply did not have their cases properly investigated.
"And you covered up your failure to do them justice by lying and creating false records."
The charges relate to rape and sexual assault investigations between January 2007 and September 2010 while Coleman-Farrow worked for the Metropolitan Police.
Coleman-Farrow admitted entering on the police computer that the Crown Prosecution Service had advised that charges should be dropped in rape cases, when no such instruction had been given.
He also failed to get witness statements and did not send exhibits for analysis.
Coleman-Farrow also made mistakes in the case of a 14-year-old boy who studied at a school for children with special needs.
After it was alleged the boy had been abused by a classmate, the officer failed to collect paperwork, did not take a statement from a girl who allegedly witnessed the incident and had no record of a statement from the class teacher.
Another case involved a 44-year-old woman who alleged she had been raped by a carer in the care home where she was living.