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Serving Met officer admits false imprisonment and assault

A Met officer has pleaded guilty to charges of false imprisonment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A Met PC has pleaded guilty to two charges of false imprisonment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

PC Sam Grigg, 36, used duct tape to restrain Natasha Rabinowitz in a house in Twickenham, south-west London, on December 2 last year. He was off duty at the time of the offence.

It is said Grigg and Ms Rabinowitz were known to each other.

The incident was reported on December 6. Grigg was charged two days later and was subsequently suspended from duty.

He had been attached to the South West Basic Command Unit.

Today, he appeared via a video link from HMP Wandsworth where he pleaded guilty to both charges.

His defence lawyer, John Howey, said: “Mr Grigg accepts that he tied up the complainant. He takes no issue with anything she says.”

The Met has said that Ms Rabinowitz, aged in her 20s, suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

His sentencing has been adjourned until February 10 as a pre-sentence report is prepared.

Judge Georgina Kent said: “This is a serious offence.

“The ordering of the report is not an indication of the outcome.”

Commander Jon Savell, in charge of the Met's professional standards team, said: "PC Grigg's behaviour was totally unacceptable and I know it will cause concern among members of the public. He's let down the Met and his colleagues who are committed to keeping the people of London safe.

“We took immediate action to suspend PC Grigg from duty when his offending came to light and we will now look to commence misconduct proceedings at the earliest opportunity.

“We are determined to have a Met that the public can trust, with officers that people feel comfortable to approach. When someone fails to meet these standards, we will take action to remove them from our organisation.”

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