A police sergeant has been dismissed after he assaulted a sleeping woman on a train before squaring up to passengers who tried intervene.
PS Kyle Blood broke down in tears as he told a Metropolitan Police tribunal he would be losing his dream job over the incident, which took place in June 2016.
The hearing was told the officer sexually assaulted the woman once she fell asleep, after the pair had initially kissed on a Thameslink service out of London.
Despite gaining her trust by saying he worked for Scotland Yard, Blood assaulted his sleeping victim before she woke up and told him: “I don’t want this”.
Two other passengers on the train who witnessed what had happened then came to the woman’s aid, prompting a furious reaction from the sergeant.
Blood, who had been assigned to duties in Enfield, north London, was found not guilty of sexually assaulting the woman after a criminal trial at Luton Crown Court last year.
However, the officer, who had downed cocktails and sambuca shots on the night in question, was also subject to a police misconduct hearing.
He admitted gross misconduct over the incident, but denied touching the woman without her consent.
Giving evidence from behind a screen, the victim, in her early 30s and known as AB, said she fell asleep because she was “exhausted” from work and had drunk most of a bottle of wine with a friend.
“We had a little chat, we had a kiss and pretty much straight after that I had fallen asleep,” she said.
Maintaining that she did not agree to be touched, she said Blood had turned on passenger Ian White when he and another man, Daren Debock, had intervened. Read more
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