Rapist who impersonated a police officer jailed for eight years

A man impersonating a police officer who raped and blackmailed a woman has been jailed for eight years following a West Midlands Police investigation.

Randeep Tamne, from Wycliffe Road West, in Wyken, Coventry, pretended to be someone else via a dating website and arranged to meet the 27-year-old at his home on 30 July 2016.

When she arrived she believed she was at the wrong house as Tamne did not look like the man she’d been speaking to online.

She apologised and left but was then called by Tamne who said he was a police officer. He told her she’d committed offences and threatened to arrest her if she didn’t return to his home.

She returned and was told she would need to pay a fine. She took money from the bank to pay him but was then told this wasn’t enough. Tamne then suggested sex as a payment.

The woman said she didn’t want to have sex but was directed upstairs and raped.

He then made her drive to a cashpoint and withdraw more money. It was agreed that further payments would be made to prevent her arrest.

She went home and the next day returned to Tame’s address with a further payment. The following day she disclosed the attack to her mother and they reported the incident to police.

During interview Tamne denied impersonating a police officer, rape and taking money from the victim.

But last month he pleaded guilty and was yesterday sentenced to eight years and one month and life on the sex offenders register.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable John Cleverley from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “The defendant was an online predator who sought out a vulnerable female on a dating site and took full advantage of her sexually, emotionally and financially after initially pretending to be a different identity.

“He later convinced her that he was a serving police officer in order to commit these horrendous offences.

“The woman has been extremely brave in reporting her ordeal and hopefully this sentence will be of some comfort to her.

“This case should act as reassurance to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted that we take all reports seriously and allegations will be thoroughly investigated.”

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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