Met Police officer ‘assaulted female colleague in controlling relationship’

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A Metropolitan Police officer is accused of assaulting a female officer while they were in an alleged coercive and controlling relationship, a court heard.

Jamie Rayner, 28, is said to have used threats against Bonnie Hudson to keep her in their ten-month relationship, allegedly leaving her in “in fear of violence”.

The officer is also accused of assaulting Ms Hudson - causing her actual bodily harm - while they were dating, Croydon magistrates court heard.

Rayner appeared in the dock on Wednesday morning, indicating he intends to fight the charges against him.

“This offence relates to two serving police officers, the defendant and the victim”, said prosecutor Emek Yagmur.

“They were in a relationship for ten months, and while in the relationship there are allegations the defendant has essentially engaged in controlling and coercive behaviour towards the victim.

“There is an allegation he has used an assault – force – against her, causing injury amounting to actual bodily harm.”

Rayner spoke only to confirm his identity and say he intends to plead not guilty during the 10 minute hearing.

It is said he was controlling over Ms Hudson between July 10, 2020 and March 24 this year, and he is accused of carrying out an assault between September 19, 2020 and March 20, 2021.

He was freed on bail until a formal plea hearing on October 6 at Croydon crown court, on conditions that he does not contact Ms Hudson or attend a south London address connected with her.

Rayner, from Gravesend, denies assault occasioning actual bodily harm and engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship.

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