‘Lazy’ policeman faces jail for sabotaging probes

September 13th, 2012 - 7:39 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 13 (IANS) A police official in Scotland Yard is facing jail after he failed to investigate rape cases that allowed the alleged rapists to escape prosecution, because he was too “lazy” to do any work, a court heard.

Detective Constable Ryan Coleman-Farrow, 30, who worked for the sex offences unit, sabotaged investigations into 11 suspected sex attackers, and then forged police files to cover up his negligence, the Daily Express reported.

His “lazy” act, over a three-year period, meant 12 women did not get justice, the report said.

Coleman-Farrow told his senior officers that a series of rape investigations were dropped after the victims withdrew their allegations.

He then told the women victims that police had shelved inquiries into their cases, according to London’s Southwark Crown Court.

The Daily Express said that in reality, Coleman-Farrow had not bothered to interview key witnesses, failed to look for CCTV evidence or follow up vital forensic clues.

The man then falsified official records to make it look like the investigations had been carried out thoroughly.

But his actions - committed between January 2007 and September 2010 - were uncovered and he admitted 13 charges of misconduct in a public office. He was sacked in April 2011.

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