A BRIT cop has been found guilty of spiking a student’s drink and “violently” raping her on the Caribbean island of Antigua.
Lee Martin-Cramp met the American on dating app Tinder and went back to her apartment where he put something in her wine that made her pass out in 10 minutes.
British cop Lee Martin-Cramp has been found guilty of raping a student on the Caribbean island of Antigua[/caption]
Martin-Cramp joined the Metropolitan Police in 2014[/caption]
The student, a devout Christian who was a virgin, remembered screaming “no” but her memory was so blank she had to ask Martin-Cramp if they even had sex.
Martin-Cramp, 26, told her to “pretend it never happened” and brazenly asked her for sex again – before leaving Antigua and blocking her on WhatsApp.
The panicked victim also messaged him saying he had taken her virginity, with callous Martin-Cramp replying: “I can’t give it back haha”.
He is now facing life in jail after a jury took just three hours to come back with a guilty verdict. He will also face a disciplinary hearing with Scotland Yard which will likely lead to his sacking.
The case was heard at the High Court in the Antiguan capital St John after Martin-Cramp was extradited there in a legal first.
He spent months awaiting trial in an old US naval base on the island with air conditioning and an ensuite bathroom, conditions which outraged the locals.
Martin-Cramp joined the Metropolitan Police in 2014 and was posted to the Wanted Offenders Unit in Wimbledon, South East London until his arrest.
He has been on restricted duties since then.
The trial heard that Martin-Cramp met the student in May 2015 whilst on holiday to attend a family wedding.
The two switched from Tinder to messaging service WhatsApp where she told him before their date: “Don’t come with an expectation of having sex. I don’t do that kind of thing with people I just met”.
Martin-Cramp told her: “Don’t worry I’m not a creep”.
They went to a bar and after sharing a bottle of wine they drove to her apartment where they opened another bottle of wine and chatted on her balcony.
The pair decided to watch the film American Pie and the student went inside to change, leaving her glass of wine alone with Martin-Cramp.
By the time she came back he had brought it inside and closed the blinds.
The student said: “As I was about to start Netflix I took a sip of my drink and it tasted different.
“I told him, this tasted different.
“He told me he had taken vodka from my freezer and poured some of it into the wine and it was something they did in the UK.
“I said OK and took another two sips. I just didn’t want any more because it tasted different. After about 10 minutes I was starting to feel off, to feel dizzy, not myself.”
Prosecutor Shannon Jones-Gittens asked if she had felt drunk or tipsy before that. The student said: “Not at all.”
The student sobbed as she said: “After that all I have is flashes from the rest of the night. I remember him being over me. I remember saying no, stop, being in pain. I remember my head hitting the floor.”
The student described the rape as a “heinous thing” and said that Martin-Cramp had “given me something to make me unconscious and violently raped me”.
Around 7am the next day she woke up and she and Martin-Cramp were both naked in her bed.
She was bleeding and had two bruises on each side of her neck – the ones on the right side were black – and could barely walk because she was in so much pain.
Asked how she rated the pain she was experiencing out of 10, the student said: “It wouldn’t fit on that scale.”
The student said that she kept messaging Martin-Cramp in the hope she could meet up with him and secretly record him admitting what he did, but they never saw each other again.
In the messages on WhatsApp the student asked Martin-Cramp if he remembered if they had sex because her memory was blank.
He initially claimed he was ‘98 per cent sure’ they did not have sex but then told her: “Would you kill me if we did?”
He said: “I remember you getting on top of me and I was hard.
“You said let’s do this and then you started bouncing up and down for a bit. That’s when we fell off the bed.”
The student wrote: “I wish I knew because if all this is true you took my V card (virginity).”
Martin-Cramp wrote: “I can’t give it back haha.”
Her last message to him was: “Lee, you have to message me asap I’m at the hospital.”
He replied that he had already flown home to the UK and on waiting for a connecting flight to Holland – and then blocked her on WhatsApp.
The student told the court that at the time she was ‘so naive’ as she went to a Christian High School and that when it came to sex “abstinence was all I knew”.
She came to Antigua because she wanted to train as a nurse and do missionary work in developing countries.
The court heard that Martin-Cramp messaged her pictures of himself in his police uniform which “built up a sense of trust” between them.
She said: “If it was anybody I was going to trust it’s going to be someone with that power and authority.”
Martin-Cramp didn’t give evidence during the trial but gave a statement from the dock in which he said the sex was consensual and that he did not spike the student’s drink.
He had denied one count of rape and will be sentenced at a later date.
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His extradition, which was approved by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, was the first time a UK citizen has been extradited to Antigua to face criminal charges.
The Antiguan authorities said they would hold him at the old naval base because his lawyers said the notorious 1735 national prison in Antigua was inhumane.
It is not clear where Martin-Cramp will serve his sentence and his lawyers are expected to request that he do so in the UK.
Martin-Cramp met the student in May 2015 whilst on holiday on the paradise island of Antigua to attend a family wedding[/caption]