July 15th, 2011

One woman’s shirking is another woman’s criminal act

Posted in The Job - General by 200

A police officers from Scotland faces jail after failing to arrest a suspected burglar.

Thirty-eight-year old Strathclyde Police Constable Michele Selby was on patrol with a more junior officer when they spotted a man tampering with the door to a Chinese restaurant at 5.30 in the morning. He was in possession of a screwdriver, crowbar and a wrench and appeared to the younger officer to be trying to break in.

PC Selby spoke to the man, did a PNC check & confiscated the tools before driving off to deliver some letters to a police station. PC Selby’s colleague told Glasgow Sheriff’s Court: “She told him, ‘We know you are trying to break in and if we didn’t have another call to go to you would be getting the jail’.” PC Selby told the court she didn’t believe a crime had been committed.

She has been told by the Sheriff that she faces a jail sentence after being convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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