A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been accused of raping a woman at a luxury London hotel, a court has heard.
Pc Adam Zaman, 28, who is based on the East Area Command Unit, was charged with rape on Wednesday following an alleged incident at the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street, central London, on Sunday evening when he was off duty.
Mr Zaman, who was arrested the following day, denied the allegation put forward by prosecutor Jonathan Bryan when he appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and PC Zaman, who has been in the force since 2016, has been suspended.
“I recognise that the public will be concerned to hear that a serving police officer has been charged with such a serious offence. We absolutely share that concern,” said Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Trevers, policing commander for the East Area Command Unit.
“We acted swiftly when this allegation was reported to us and have fully supported what continues to be a thorough investigation by detectives from the City of London Police. Specialist support is being provided to the complainant.
“Pc Zaman has now been charged and it is important that criminal proceedings are allowed to take their course. Nothing should be said or reported which could put the integrity of those proceedings at risk.”
The matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
The most recent incident comes after another serving Met officer was charged with rape last month.
Pc David Carrick, 46, who is based within the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, was charged by Hertfordshire Constabulary. The officer was off-duty in Hertfordshire at the time of the alleged offence.
Pc Carrick was in the same command as Wayne Couzens, the former Met officer who kidnapped, raped and murdered 33-year-old Sarah Everard.
District Judge Snow remanded Mr Zaman, of Kingston Road in Romford, in custody until his next appearance at Central Criminal Court on Nov 24.