Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Policeman ends bid to halt disciplinary action

A policeman accused of trying to seize CCTV footage in a bid to stop his ex-partner discovering he had sent her a series of texts has ended his legal challenge to facing disciplinary proceedings.

The officer, who has more than 20 years service but cannot be identified, allegedly posed as part of a team investigating a complaint by the woman so he could obtain the hard drive from a mobile phone shop at the Meadows Shopping Centre in Portadown.

He faces a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice over the alleged incident.

His legal team had been seeking to judicially review the Chief Constable's failure to delay an internal disciplinary hearing until after the criminal case is finished.

But a judge at the High Court in Belfast was told the challenge was not going ahead because legal aid for the officer has been revoked.

Mr Justice Treacy directed that his judicial review application should be dismissed.

At a previous hearing it was set out how the officer, who is currently suspended on full pay, claimed his actions were “a moment of madness”.

In interviews, the officer was alleged to have stated that his motivation was to stop his ex-partner getting hurt.

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