A former Metropolitan police officer wept as he denied accusations of raping a woman by the side of the road after showing his warrant card. The former special constable Paul Hoile, from Essex, denied three sex attacks while he was off duty, claiming that he believed the alleged victim had given consent during their late-night encounter when he visited Shropshire in July.
The conveyor belt engineer, 40, is accused of forcing himself on the victim and snatching her phone while drunk, before showing his warrant card in order to “hide behind his police powers” while questioning her about her licence.
Mr Hoile, from The Chase, Benfleet, denies three counts of rape relating to the same incident, claiming instead that consensual activity occurred “without fuss”, after he and a friend met the woman by chance. He also denied a charge of misconduct in public office, as well as causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.
As he recalled in Wolverhampton Crown Court the moment when he was arrested on suspicion of rape the day after the incident, when police officers arrived at his parents’ house, the former police volunteer broke down in tears.
Giving evidence last Thursday, the alleged victim said Mr Hoile had told her not to drive and to book a taxi instead. She said this left her uncomfortable and anxious, adding that he tried to cover his name while showing her the warrant and making remarks such as “I caught you”.
The woman said she felt “numb and disgusted” and “shocked and scared” after the incident and felt like she had to answer his questions due to him being a police officer.
Mr Hoile, who has since resigned from his role with the Met, denied the alleged victim’s claim that he had instructed her not to drive after questioning her about her driving licence as he gave evidence in the witness box on Monday.
He told jurors he had produced his warrant card twice at the woman’s request, and went on to allege his accuser had lied to the jury when she said he “snatched” her phone. The defendant told the court he had been polite while talking to the woman, adding: “She said she was calling a taxi. I was just being kind really… a normal person.”
Mr Hoile, who said he had been brought up in a police family, claimed that after “stupidly” propositioning the woman, she performed a sex act on him, before further consensual activity took place near a fence in a “dark lane”.
After four officers visited his parents’ home the day afterwards, Mr Hoile said he rang police and provided his address. He wiped away tears as he recalled being told he was being arrested on suspicion of rape, detained and transported “in a cage” in a police van to Basildon police station.
Mr Hoile said: “I didn’t know what had gone on. The police turned up at roughly 10 o’clock. I saw a BMW with no lights on just crawling down the road. Then police officers got out.”
Describing his experience at the station, he said: “I was put in a police cell. I couldn’t phone my family. I couldn’t tell anybody where I was, it was just stress. I didn’t know what on earth was going on. I was just scared, I was worried.”
Following a cross-examination by prosecutor Caroline Goodwin KC, Mr Hoile insisted he was a respectable person and that the complainant was “totally fine” and had known it “wasn’t a police matter.”
He also insisted he had not produced his warrant card willingly and was not performing his duty when speaking with the woman.
The Crown’s barrister asked Hoile: “Because of the way you had treated her, Mr Hoile, she found herself in a position on that road where she was, I suggest, against her will forced to comply with your drunk sexual demands.”
Mr Hoile responded: “Absolutely not.”
The trial continues.