Court cases involving evidence of alleged corrupt officers to be halted

A NUMBER of court cases based on the evidence of seven PSNI officers currently under investigation for misconduct are to set to be halted.

The Mid-Ulster Mail understands that several cases set to be heard at Dungannon Magistrates Court in the coming weeks are to be put on hold until the PSNI’s anti-corruption unit completes a full investigation into the allegations.

It is believed the pending court cases are for a variety of offences, including disorderly behaviour, and are alleged to have happened within Cookstown district.

The MAIL also understands that at least one local solicitor has contacted clients who were recently convicted at magistrates court level to say their cases may come under review again pending the results of the PSNI’s internal investigation.

The news could mean thousands-of-pounds worth of public money spent on delaying and reviewing cases.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) confirmed that it is liaising with the Professional Standards Department of the PSNI in relation to their ongoing investigation.

On July 28th it was announced that two police officers had been arrested following an investigation into alleged corruption in Cookstown.

Five other PSNI officers from the same team have been moved to other duties.

A full investigation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s internal anti-corruption unit is under way.

The two officers have been released on bail and are currently suspended from duty.

Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton said the service expected officers to act with integrity at all times.

He said any conduct, on or off duty, which was likely to discredit the PSNI would be investigated to establish if there had been a breach of the code of ethics.

He added that any breach could result in a criminal or disciplinary investigation by the police or the Ombudsman and suspensions and relocations could be employed pending the outcome.