Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Policeman sentenced for false interviews

A police officer who admitted falsifying interview notes and custody records has been handed a suspended prison term.

Belfast Crown Court heard that Gavin Dickson (40) claimed to have interviewed two men about an alleged assault in 2008.

He said he had bailed the men he arrested to be interviewed at a later date. Those interviews, the court heard, never took place but Dickson told his superiors he was recommending “no prosecution” against the two men.

Prosecuting lawyer Peter Magill said his senior officer, knowing there was CCTV footage of the late-night incident in Belfast city centre, thought differently and ordered the men to be prosecuted.

In the meantime, Dickson, c/o Castlereagh PSNI station, had produced a hand-written document, countersigned by a colleague, of summaries he claimed he had with the suspects.

Last Friday, he pleaded guilty to two counts of perverting the course of justice and two counts of misconduct in public office.

He was yesterday handed a two-year jail term, suspended for three years.

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