A Metropolitan police officer has been accused of two counts of rape and has been suspended.

A report of an incident in Islington on 1 January has led to Andrej Sagaidak appearing at Westminster magistrates court. Sagaidak, who is a serving Metropolitan police officer, has been charged with rape and suspended from duty. Attached to the local policing team in south-east London, Sagaidak was in his probation period at the time of the alleged offences. He was charged on Friday with two counts of rape, one count of non-fatal strangulation, and one count of causing actual bodily harm. On Saturday, he appeared in court and was remanded in custody to appear at Snaresbrook crown court on 2 February. The charges relate to a report of a man being raped at a residential property in Islington while Sagaidak was off duty.

A statement from the Met confirmed the report and stated that immediate action was taken upon receiving it. Support is being provided to the victim, and the investigation is still ongoing. The Independent Office for Police Conduct has also been informed.

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