Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Ex-constable forged statement

A former policeman has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of public justice and forging a witness statement.

The guilty pleas from 32-year-old former constable Gary Paul Millar, whose address was given as Ballymena PSNI Station, came as his trial at Antrim Crown Court was about to begin yesterday.

Following his guilty admissions his defence QC John McCrudden said he had been “specifically instructed to apologise” to an assault victim who had travelled from Canada for the trial.

The former policeman had failed to investigate a complaint of assault from the man over an eight-month period between April and December 2009.

Mr McCrudden told trial Judge Corinne Philpott that before sentence he hoped to provide the court with a number of reports on Millar, “a person of ill-health on a number of fronts”.

Prosecuting QC Richard Weir said he had taken instructions on the matter and was offering no evidence on a separate count of misconduct in public office, allegedly committed at the same time.

Judge Philpott in turn ordered the jury to find Millar “guilty by confession” of perverting justice and forging a statement, and “not guilty by direction” of misconduct as a policeman. Millar was released on bail until sentencing next month.

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