An RCMP officer who investigated an alleged sexual assault says he was ordered to drop the case because his superiors thought the woman involved was lying.
Const. Jerell Smith told the Nova Scotia Police Review Board today that he was assigned to Carrie Low‘s sexual assault case but was immediately ordered to close the file.
Low has filed a complaint with the review board, alleging police officers mishandled the investigation of her case after she reported being driven to a house in the Halifax area and raped by at least two men in May 2018.
An internal RCMP review found that Smith was negligent in failing to secure the scene of the alleged assault and in delaying tests on Low’s blood sample, rape kit and clothing.
The review concluded that Smith was in need of “operational guidance,” but the officer has since taken an extended leave of absence and has not returned to policing.
Low testified before the board earlier this week, detailing the toll the allegedly botched investigation has taken on her over the past few years.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 13, 2023.