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Policeman sacked after tying up housemate with duct tape

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A police officer who bound and gagged his female housemate with duct tape has been sacked by Scotland Yard.

PC Sam Grigg, 36, told Natasha Rabinowitz: “Who are you going to tell? I’m the police” as he tied her up in the kitchen of their shared home in Twickenham last December, Westminster Magistrates court heard.

The off-duty officer had grabbed her wrists behind her back and taped them together before repeating the same with her ankles and gagging her mouth.

When Ms Rabinowitz, who is in her 20s, asked him why he was doing it, he replied: “Because it’s funny.”

The court heard how when she asked Grigg to be careful while cutting off the tape with a knife he said: “Who are you going to tell? I’m the police.”

Grigg, who was attached to the South West Basic Command Unit of the Metropolitan Police pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm when he appeared via video-link at Kingston Crown Court earlier this month.

An accelerated misconduct hearing on Monday found that Grigg breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of “discreditable conduct” and he has been dismissed without notice.

‘He’s let down the Met’

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

The Met said Ms Rabinowitz suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

After the misconduct hearing, Commander Jon Savell, in charge of the Met’s professional standards department, 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 him from duty when his offending came to light and have now removed him from the organisation.

“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.”

Grigg will now be added to the barred list held by the College of Policing.