PC Ihsan Ali of immediate response unit in Burnley and Blackburn, groped and kissed vulnerable domestic abuse victim was found guilty and was sentenced to jail for 2 years.
A jury of 7 woman and 5 men unanimously convicted Pc Ihsan Ali after a 7 day trial at preston crown court.
Judge Mark Brown said: “Over a period of many months there was a campaign of grooming and manipulative conduct for a sexual purpose. There can be no doubt the women’s tryst in the police will have been adversely affected. On hearing about the case there can be little doubt the public’s trust will have been significantly undermined. The police always require the support of the public to do its job effectively and you have tarnished the reputation of Lancashire Police.”
PC Ihsan Ali was arrested and suspended last year will now face internal disciplinary proceedings later this year.
Ihsan Ali would initially go to the victims house to investigate their complaints
But in all four cases Ihsan gave his personal mobile number and would send them inappropriate messages with the intention of building a sexual relationship with them.
Sarah Johnston, prosecuting, said Ihsan would send inappropriate images to his victims, he told one he would be her personal bodyguard and another he told he wanted a new wife and she would be perfect.
Ms Johnston said: “It is through his role as a police constable that he came into contact with each of these four women. The particular circumstances of each of them being the victim of crime is what he used to initiate and further justify communication with them. He then takes advantage of their vulnerability to pursue emotional and sexual relationships with them.
“The public expects and deserves to have trust and confidence in their police officers and when police officers abuse their position for a sexual purpose, particularly in respect of vulnerable people, such behaviour does represent a fundamental betrayal of the public and the values for which the police service stands.”
Ihsan went to a victim’s house in May of 2016 after she complained that she has received threats from an Ex colleague.
Ihsan would regularly update her with the progress of her case but then started messaging her on Whatsapp from his personal mobile number.
In texts Ihsan allegedly sent he told the woman she ‘looked mmmm’ and that she was a ‘wonderful woman’.
The victim thought Ihsan’s behaviour was strange.
She texted a friend saying: “How do you end up being stalked by someone when you go to make a complaint?”
In September of 2016 Ihsan went to investigate another case where the victims Ex-husband had breached his restraining order.
Again he kept the victim updated on the progress of the case but then started texting her from his mobile phone.
Ms Johnston said: “He told her he was looking for a new wife. He told her she would make a good wife.”
In October of 2016 Ihsan went to another victims house who was an older woman.
They both sent each other hundreds of messages and then Ihsan went to her house where they shared a mutual kiss and then Ihsan started groping her, the woman asked Ihsan to leave but Ihsan kissed her again.
In March of 2017 Ihsan went to investigate a case of domestic violence, who became his fourth alleged victim.
Like before he first regularly updated her about the case and then started messaging her from his mobile phone and this time he even sent her messages from his work phone talking about using contraception.
One message read: “Even if there was a little trouble I reckon you would definitely be worth it.”
He also sent her indecent images of him in a swimming pool.
Ihsan was arrested at her house after the victim called him to confront him about the inappropriate messages.
Ihsan accepted he sent the woman messages but believes his behaviour does not amount to misconduct.
Ihsan pleaded not guilty to all four counts.
He declined to take the stand to give evidence in the trial but he did call up three former colleagues as character witnesses.
Defending, Mark Monaghan said “his client had always accepted his behaviour amounted to gross misconduct but not the criminal offence of misconduct in public office. He also said the conviction represented a ‘huge fall from grace’ for Ali and that at the time of his offending he was having problems with his marriage and conceiving a child.”
Mr Monaghan said: “It is right that a police officer going into prison, not withstanding his physical size, sees the prospect of a custodial sentence understandably with a degree of trepidation.”
Speaking after the hearing, Deputy Chief Constable Sunita Gamblin said: “Firstly I would like to thank and commend the victims in this case for having the bravery to come forward and report these allegations to us. Today’s outcome would not have been possible without them.
“Ali used his position to target women he knew were vulnerable and contacted them with the sole motive of trying to establish a sexual relationship with them.
“The public expect and deserve the Police Service to be professional and focussed on keeping people safe, especially those who are most vulnerable. Here is an example of an officer who has overwhelmingly breached the position of trust placed upon him. He has totally undermined the Police Service and the excellent work the vast majority of officers and staff do every day. “The abuse of position for a sexual purpose is defined by the Independent Office of Police Conduct as serious corruption and there is absolutely no place for such people in Lancashire Constabulary. We are committed to identifying, exposing and removing those who seek to exploit vulnerable members of our community and will continue to pursue criminal charges where appropriate.”