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By Alexander Baron     Feb 9, 2014 in Crime
Luton - Some police officers think they are above the law. They are if they are "bent for the job," but lining their own pockets doesn't count.
If you can't trust a police officer, who can you trust? You can't trust PC Irfan Hussain, for sure. Actually, that is ex-PC Irfan Hussain, because he has resigned from the force. He has also been given a 12 month sentence at Luton Crown Court for an enterprising sort of crime. He is said to have flagged down drivers across Hertfordshire, ordered them to pay on-the-spot fines, and then pocketed the money.
The total sum involved was not great, less than a week's pay, but on account of that he has lost his freedom, his honour, his 10-year career as a police officer, and his pension.
The case of Robert Carroll is even more tragic than that of Irfan Hussain. On Friday, he was given a 14-month sentence at Manchester Crown Court for theft and misconduct in public office. According to information released by Greater Manchester Police, he was an undercover officer who was assigned in 2008 to rooting out drug dealers. Unfortunately, his alter ego of Lee Taylor became "dangerously blurred," and he became addicted to heroin.
Another police officer convicted of a serious breach of trust has little or no mitigation for her actions. Sugra Hanif appeared at Winchester Crown Court where she and her lover Raza Khan were found guilty of stealing the details of thousands of accident victims from her force computer.
As is usually the case with data theft, nothing was stolen in the conventional sense, rather the information was copied and used for material gain. Their scam was extraordinarily simple: they passed on the information to solicitors, and received a tidy backhander for it, each "referral fee" was said to have earned them between £600 and £800.
The two will be sentenced on March 7, the same date Mary Konye will be sentenced for her acid attack on Naomi Oni, although unlike hers, their sentences will not be well into double figures.
Khan's wife Paramjeet Kaur was tried with them but the jury failed to reach a verdict, so she will be retried. Whatever the outcome of that trial, she appears to have forgiven her husband for his other "crime" because they were photographed leaving the court arm in arm.
Finally, on the other side of the Atlantic, a detective who stole evidence (including cash) from a police evidence locker in 2011 has been convicted by a New Haven jury. East Haven Police Officer Michael D’Amato (now retired) will return to court on March 28. Tampering with evidence is a class D felony, which brings a mandatory gaol sentence.
As with the Irfan Hussain case, the sum involved — around $1,300 — was not great, certainly not the sort of sum for which a time-serving police officer should throw away everything.
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