A policewoman broke down in tears yesterday as she was jailed for four months for falsely claiming that prosecutors had dropped a rape case.
PC Hannah Notley told the alleged victim that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had decided not to pursue the case, when she had never passed the file to them in the first place.
Notley, who had taken on detective duties at Essex Police CID, was jailed at Southwark Crown Court in London after previously pleading guilty of misconduct in public office between July 6, 2011, and April 21, 2012.
The 30-year-old, from Benfleet, Essex, wept throughout the hearing and broke down as she was sentenced, saying "I love you" to family members in the gallery.
Prosecutor Zoe Martin said: "She falsely informed her superiors and the victim of the case that the CPS had advised that no further action be taken when in fact no file had been sent to the CPS, no such advice had been received."
The matter only came to light after an independent adviser allocated to the complainant pursued the matter and it transpired that the CPS had never been sent the file. The rape allegation was re- investigated, the court heard, and the alleged perpetrator has now been charged. He is due to stand trial in May.
In mitigation, Allan Compton, on behalf of Notley, told the court she had been deeply depressed at the time and had suffered some form of emotional breakdown, but it was never her intention to "bury this investigation completely".