Belfast Telegraph

Police officer's affair with crony of gang linked to Ronan Kerr killing

By Victoria Leonard

A policewoman who had an inappropriate sexual relationship with an associate of a criminal gang linked to PSNI officer Ronan Kerr's murder has been disciplined but allowed to return to work.

The officer was suspended from duty after the affair emerged and an investigation was launched by the PSNI, the Irish News reported.

It stated that she was brought before an internal misconduct hearing last month where she received sanctions, including having her pay docked.

However, she is now free to return to operational duty.

Mr Kerr, a 25-year-old Catholic PSNI officer, was killed in April 2011 when a booby-trap bomb exploded under his car in Omagh.

The criminal gang is suspected of involvement in the theft of cars for dissident republicans involved in the murder plot.

Chief superintendent John McCaughan, head of the PSNI's professional standards department, said a file had been sent to the PPS following a police investigation, but it had "directed no prosecution in relation to all matters reported to them".

He added: "The matter was not the subject of a public complaint, thus it was not referred to the Police Ombudsman. Following that, an officer appeared before misconduct proceedings in February 2018 to answer a number of charges.

"The charges were proven and the officer received a number of disciplinary sanctions as a result.

"As the misconduct proceedings have now finalised, the officer has returned to an operational role."

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