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Police officer denies raping 16-year-old on date in Romford

PUBLISHED: 10:16 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:16 24 April 2018

Wood Green Crown Court. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Images

Wood Green Crown Court. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Images

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A police officer raped a 16-year-old student twice while they were on a date in Romford, a court has heard.

Pc Adam Provan, of the Metropolitan Police, allegedly forced himself on her during a “hellish date”, once when they went for a walk in the woods and also on a bench in a children’s play area in the summer of 2010. 
London’s Wood Green Crown Court was told yesterday (Monday, April 23) that, knowing her father had been told they had gone to the cinema after the first alleged rape, Pc Provan took her to a fast-food drive-through outlet in Romford where he bought milkshakes and looked up film plots on his mobile phone.

Prosecutor Anthony Metzer QC said this was “essentially rehearsing a story which could be sold back” to her father as they were supposed to have watched a film.

Pc Provan, 38, of Kirtling in Newmarket, Suffolk, denies two counts of rape between July 31 to September 1, 2010.

The jury were told they met after being introduced by a mutual friend in late summer 2010 and kept in touch before deciding to go on a date.

Mr Metzer told the jury that the teenager, who had just taken her GCSE exams, feels Pc Provan “groomed her for several days, exchanging messages and photographs”.

The teenager asked Pc Provan to meet her father before the date and he went to her house.

It turned out her father already knew Pc Provan, via general acquaintances, and was “reassured” as he knew Pc Provan was a serving police officer.

He also figured out that Pc Provan was around 31 rather than 22, as he had told her.

The jury was told Pc Provan drove for 15-20 minutes to some woods and a tree trunk where the first rape is alleged to have happened.

Mr Metzer said that Pc Provan asked for a kiss and she briefly kissed him.

He told the jury that Pc Provan touched her breasts and produced a condom, before adding: “He asked her if they should ‘do it’, meaning to have sex. She said no.

“He kept asking and she stepped away.

“But this refusal wasn’t sufficient for Mr Provan to desist.”

He said Pc Provan pinned her to the tree where she “froze with fear”, Mr Metzer said.

After the first alleged rape the teenager tried to escape from the woods and left her bag in his car.

She was “effectively Mr Provan’s prisoner”, according to Mr Metzer.

The police officer later took her for another walk, while she was “still traumatised” from the first alleged incident, the court was told.

Mr Metzer said: “They went to a children’s play area where he played in the swings while she remained passive from her fresh trauma.”

He then took her to a bench on a hill and insisted on another sex act, it was claimed.

The complainant felt “too guilty” to report the alleged incidents to police but eventually told several people including her stepmother.

In his police interview after being arrested in June 2016, Pc Provan said he took the teenager for a walk “so as not to be impolite, but nothing occurred of a sexual nature”.

He also denied kissing her.

After being charged, he told the officers: “I have never ever hurt anybody of a sexual nature in my life.”

The woman broke down in tears several times as she gave evidence from behind a screen.

She said she told Pc Provan no “about four times” in relation to the first alleged incident and “three or four times” regarding the second.

Mr Metzer asked her, again on a scale from one to 10, about how clear she had been about not wanting sexual contact with Provan in both alleged instances.

She replied: “10.”

Asked why she kissed him at the tree trunk, she said: “I did not think much of a peck on the lips.”

She described feeling “empty and numb” after the first alleged incident and just wanting to go home.

The trial continues.

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