Officer tried to climb on me, colleague tells court
A POLICE officer was indecently assaulted by a colleague as she sat drunk in his car, a court has heard.
The female officer said Gary Cryans, a constable with Strathclyde Police, drove her home from a night out in June 2009 because she was so drunk.
The constable said she woke up and did not know where she was. She said Cryans climbed on top of her before forcing her hand towards his penis.
The pair also exchanged text messages, the court heard, including him telling her he had a “passion” for her.
The woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was giving evidence at Cryans’s trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday. Cryans, 51, of Uddingston, faces nine charges of sexual assault and one of breach of the peace.
The female officer said Cryans offered to take her home because she was drunk following a night out in Glasgow city centre. She said her friend went with her.
The court was told that when the car began to move the officer soon fell asleep. But she said when she woke up her friend was gone and she told procurator-fiscal depute Laura Greer she did not know where she was.
She told the court: “I saw Gary sitting in the driver’s seat; as I said I was drifting in and out of sleep so I wasn’t fully aware of where I was. Then Gary climbed on top of me.”
She said Cryans was leaning towards her face but then sat back down on his seat and grabbed her hand and moved it towards his penis and she saw his trousers had been unzipped.
She said she took her hand away quickly and said she had him drop her off away from her house because she did not want him to know where she lived.
She also alleges that at a party later that month where the pair were both staying overnight, he pulled her shorts down as she slept and pressed himself up against her, waking her up.
Ms Greer asked what she did and she answered: “I just pulled up my shorts and got up and went to the bathroom.”
After another party at another house, the officer said she woke up to find PC Cryans was sitting on the end of the couch she was sleeping on and claimed her feet were over his legs.
The officer told the court she texted her colleague because it was “easier to go along with” it. She said: “He came across as quite an intimidating person.”
The witness accepted she texted him when he was on holiday in July 2009 and told him she wished she was sunning herself with him. She said she had no explanation for why she was sending those sorts of text messages, but said it was “easier to go along with the way Gary thought about things”.
Cryans denies the charges and has lodged a special defence of consent on five charges of assault. The trial continues.
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