Former British police officer, serving a 15-year jail term for raping a young woman while he was vacationing in Antigua four years ago, has filed an appeal against his conviction.
The media reported Friday that the lawyer for Lee Martin-Cramp filed the appeal earlier this week, citing a number of grounds.
It said that in the appeal, the disgraced former police officer, who was found guilty two months ago for raping the American woman who was also a visitor to Antigua, is challenging the conviction and the sentence.
Martin-Cramp, who was dismissed from the UK Metropolitan Police Force, is being held at the former US Naval Base in keeping with the agreement between the local and UK authorities that he would not be imprisoned at the state penitentiary.
Justice Iain Morley while sentencing Martin-Cramp noted that he was an officer who took an oath to protect and serve but he broke that oath and violated the woman.
He said a further aggravating factor was that the officer spiked the woman’s drink as soon as she turned her back while they were preparing to watch a movie at her apartment.
The High Court was told during the trial two months ago that in May 2015, the two met through a dating app, Tinder, and while he was on a holiday here they went out to a bar before going on a date.
She said after taking some more sips of the wine, she became dizzy and it as then that Martin-Cramp forced himself on her even though she had resisted.
She said she woke up bruised and in pain.
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