A POLICE officer allegedly hid her pregnant girlfriend’s car keys to stop her fleeing their relationship.
PC Nicole Miller, 31, also told Rochelle Kerr she was a bad mum and forced her out of their home as part of her 16-month campaign of abuse, a court heard.
Former police officer Nicole Miller arrives at Falkirk Sheriff CourtCredit: Central Scotland News Agency
Miller is accused of domestic abuse against her ex-partner Rochelle KerrCredit: Facebook/@Rochelle Kerr
Falkirk Sheriff Court was told the couple agreed to have a baby together by IVF.
But Rochelle, who already had a child of her own, said that during the last 16 months of their four-year relationship, “short-fused” Miller had repeatedly shouted and sworn at her.
She allegedly repeatedly told her she was a bad mother, forced her to leave their Stirlingshire home, tried to restrict her contact with her own dad, and hid her car keys when she tried to flee to her mother.
Giving evidence from behind a screen, Rochelle, 35, told the first day of the summary trial yesterday that she and Nicole had got engaged in November 2018.
She said: “Nicole had been through some issues in the police where she had been off long-term.
“I knew she really wanted a child, but she didn’t want to carry, and I thought it would help our dynamic.”
They both had treatment, but when Rochelle reached 35 weeks, there was “a disagreement”.
She said she told Miller that she wanted to leave, finish her pregnancy at her mother’s in Ayr, and give birth there but couldn’t find her car keys.
She said: “I packed a bag but my keys weren’t there. I looked for the spare set and they weren’t there either.
“I asked her where they were and she said she wasn’t going to tell me.
“She said I was going nowhere with her baby. She was almost taunting me about the keys.”
She said Miller then “threw” her bag out of the house and kicked a smaller bag so hard it went over their car.
“I was really heavily pregnant, carrying two bags, and I had gone into really bad stomach pains,” she said.
Rochelle said of Miller’s behaviour during their relationship: “She’d scream and shout and swear.
“She doesn’t have control over herself. She has a really bad temper.
“I started becoming so withdrawn. I felt trapped, controlled and manipulated.
“I didn’t know if I was coming or going sometimes. I just didn’t no where to turn.”
She said Miller told her she was a bad mother just a few days after she’d found out she was pregnant with their son, who was born in April 2020.
She said Miller also told her that her Dad didn’t love her and he was “homophobic”.
Rochelle said: “I didn’t feel I was able to have as much contact with my Dad as I wanted to because of the fights that would come off the back of it.”
She told prosecutor Sarah Smith that the relationship came to an end – “tearing her away” from her recently-born son – after an argument concerning her father.
Miller later sent Rochelle a 16-page letter referring, among other issues, to Rochelle’s father.
It stated: “If you continue trying for a relationship with him, I can’t have a relationship with you.”
Rochelle said: “It made me feel like I had to chose between my partner and my father.”
Miller, of Grangemouth, denies engaging in a course of domestic abuse towards Rochelle between April 1, 2019 and August 20, 2020.
The trial, before Sheriff Wyllie Robertson, sitting without a jury, will continue on April 19 when Rochelle will face cross-examination by Miller’s lawyer.
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – email@example.com.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.