August 25th, 2011


Posted in The Job - General by 200

I posted in July about a Scottish police officer who was arrested after she failed t arrest a possible burglar. She was charged with and found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

She has been sent to prison today for one year after the court heard she and a colleague caught a man who appeared to be trying to break in to a shop, but let him go because she was due off duty soon and had to make a delivery of paperwork to another police station.

Blimey, one year!


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  1. P Samson says:

    Wow. That seems excessive considering the light sentence that the burglar would have received. I would have expected that the officer would have been subjected to an internal investigation, and fired, but to be convicted and get a full year in jail is way beyond necessary.

    August 26th, 2011 at 04:41

  2. The Geo Geek says:

    Yes it does seem really excessive considering that the burglar would probably have been cautioned and then out doing the same thing the week after.

    On a related note, I have also read that NO burglars ever received the maximum sentence as the judge takes into account when sentencing things like the details of each crime, the offender’s record and other factors.

    So if she had arrested him, I am sure he would not have been imprisoned for a year!

    August 26th, 2011 at 05:26

  3. Notts Plod says:

    I saw that in the news the other day. Now, it’s clearly neglect of duty, at most she deserved one hell of a telling off, and worst being dismissed, but I still don’t see how it’s perverting the course of justice and certainly it doesn’t deserve a custodial sentence. Someone, I imagine supervisor, really had it in for her. I suspect there must be more behind this, this can’t be the first offence.

    Also, it just goes to show the woeful state of our justice system. A cop, I would guess with several years service who has done all the usual long shifts, unpleasent tasks etc, makes a mistake and gets 12 months. A serial burglar can still expect to get less for his fourth or even fifth offence. It stinks. Does a cop really deserve 12 months for being lazy?

    August 26th, 2011 at 09:43

  4. pete the plod says:

    WTF!I agree that the cop needs a head test to see what brain cell decided that to do nothing was best course of action , but the ‘crime’ and the ‘punishment’ are way over the top,so by the rule of thumb should a bus load of magistrates and judges be brought to book for allowing all the diddies before them back out onto the streets to commit more crime , effectively doing as the cop ‘did’ ( no room in the jail, let them out on bail) and doing ‘nothing’.Secondly who thought it was in the public intrest to crucify this cop ( nice one mr fiscal), and thirdly who defended this woman ,if it was federation appointed counsel then god help us all.So in summary , we are F****D!

    August 26th, 2011 at 11:24

  5. Tony F says:

    It’s easy to shoot a sitting target. Those damned criminals wriggle too much.

    August 26th, 2011 at 17:48

  6. Hibbo says:

    What about all the on-duty police officers who refuse to even attempt to arrest burglars (“there’s nothing we can do, have a crime number”)?

    August 26th, 2011 at 19:46

  7. Oi says:

    She was a lazy cow who deserved a right royal reaming. I dont believe she deserved a years clink.
    And Ive been trying to figure out how to put that I cant castigate her partner for swingting her weights, he did what he was taught to do I guess – But I sure as hell wouldnt want to work with him.

    August 27th, 2011 at 00:59

  8. Oi says:

    Goddamn it! Tired.
    Corrections to the above post.

    August 27th, 2011 at 21:29

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