CPS to review evidence against four ACPO officers – including two chief constables – over murder probe conduct.
Prosecutors are to consider charges 14 former and serving Staffordshire Police officers, including four now of chief officer rank, after an investigation into a murder probe that ended with convictions being quashed.
All the officers were with the force while the murder of 20-year-old Kevin Nunes in 2002 was investigated. Five men were convicted of the killing in 2008 but when their convictions were overturned in 2011, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) began probing the force’s investigation.
Under the IPCC’s direction, Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon led a probe that looked at how a protected witness was dealt with and disclosure issues prior to the trial of the five men.
Now, after reviewing 8,000 documents, taking 300 statements and interviewing all officers concerned at least twice, the IPCC has announced it will pass the Crown Prosecution Service files regarding 14 officers for it to consider charges against them.
These included two serving and three former officers from the Federated ranks – in relation to whom the IPCC has already submitted a file of evidence – who were with the Staffordshire Sensitive Policing Unit at the time of the investigation and were responsible for handling protected witnesses.
The IPCC said it would also submit evidence to the CPS regarding nine other officers of the rank of superintendent or above “in the coming weeks”.
These include Gloucestershire Constabulary Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, acting Deputy Chief Constable of Staffordshire Jane Sawyers and Northamptonshire Chief Constable Adrian Lee.
Four of the nine officers are now retired, the IPCC said.
IPCC Commissioner Tom Davies said: “This has been a thorough and painstaking investigation which has required careful scrutiny of thousands of documents and hundreds of statements, and interviews have been carried out with relevant officers.
“I am satisfied that we have reached a point in the investigation where it is right for the CPS to examine the evidence gathered in relation to five officers, and we intend to submit a further file of evidence in relation to nine other officers in the coming weeks.”