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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8 comments

  1. TZ says:

    Words fail me!

    July 16th, 2011 at 08:01

  2. Civ_In_The_City says:

    It matters what offence you think he had committed, or was about to commit. Was it attempted robbery? breaking and entering? vandalism?

    I`ve read things on the PNLDB that would make your hair curl. A guy in the toilets of a primary school, with a bag containing rope, gaffer tape and a knife. He was let off because their wasn`t enough evidence to prove ‘intent’ to abduct a child.

    The suspected burglar in this case was stopped dead in his tracks before he could do any harm and had his toys taken away. I don`t know about the legal technicalities but I would like to see a practical response from her superiors. Words of advice perhaps?

    But jail? Are you joking? She`s a police officer, out all hours protecting the public and their property, scraping up drunks, trying not to get blood on her shoes at car crashes, breaking the bad news to hysterical parents, having to deal with dead pensioners who haven`t been seen for a fortnight, chasing yobs and maniacs, in constant danger of being shot or knifed.

    And because of one decision she`s no longer to be considered on the side of the law-abiding? We are all supposed to turn our backs and treat her like the criminals she swore to protect us from?

    Time for a reality check in Strathclyde I think.

    p.s. If the excuse for imprisonment is that doing other than following the letter of the law would mean bad press and possible public opinion issues just consider the mess we`re already in because policing, politics and media/P.R. got all confused in Westminster.

    July 16th, 2011 at 09:59

  3. Gary says:

    Afraid I would have nicked him. Looks like attempt burglary or going equipped.

    July 16th, 2011 at 13:00

  4. Fed up with this siht says:

    i don’t suppose her shift was due to end shortly…….?

    Not sure about Scots law but i am guessing tha here in E&W the most you could look at is neglect of duty, IF there were grounds to arrest and as i wasn’t there i will never know so cannot comment.

    July 16th, 2011 at 15:30

  5. jaded says:

    I was thinking that-0530? We’ve all done it, a bit of end of shift squaring up. No way a criminal offence though. I suspect there is more than meets the eye to this….perhaps she lied when questioned?

    July 16th, 2011 at 18:41

  6. Blueknight says:

    There must be more to this?Were they already trying to get rid of her?

    July 16th, 2011 at 20:38

  7. Mad Mick says:

    Agree with Blueknight. I suspect there is more to this than reported (isn’t there always). On the face of it though, lazy officer. That said, I fail to see how she has attempted to pervert the course. As previously stated boll@cking for neglect of duty would have done.

    July 16th, 2011 at 20:51

  8. Ted says:

    She is a disgrace to the uniform. Even if there wasn’t damage to the door and he wasn’t seen inserting a tool between the door and the frame then Sect 58 of the Civic Govt Scot Act should cover it.

    “58 Convicted thief in possession.S

    (1)Any person who, being a person to whom this section applies—

    (a)has or has recently had in his possession any tool or other object from the possession of which it may reasonably be inferred that he intended to commit theft or has committed theft; and

    (b)is unable to demonstrate satisfactorily that his possession of such tool or other object is or was not for the purposes of committing theft”

    July 17th, 2011 at 14:21

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