Po­lice dis­miss ma­jor­ity of ty­coon’s com­plaints

Mil­lion­aire gets let­ter deny­ing se­ri­ous claims

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Nuts & Bolts - By Suz Elvey

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors have dis­missed the ma­jor­ity of com­plaints made by a prop­erty ty­coon about his as­sault trial – in­clud­ing al­le­ga­tions an of­fi­cer per­jured him­self by ly­ing in court.

Mil­lion­aire Fer­gus Wil­son lodged a for­mal com­plaint with Kent Po­lice af­ter he was found guilty last year of hit­ting es­tate agent Daniel Wells.

The force’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion shows the ma­jor­ity of Mr Wil­son’s se­ri­ous claims were dis­missed.

But some is­sues were up­held as mis­con­duct – in­clud­ing when an of­fi­cer lost his notes.

In a let­ter sent to Mr Wil­son, Det Ch Insp Ed­die Fox, who led the re­view, said there was “no ev­i­dence the of­fi­cer lied to the court”.

Mr Fox’s re­port added: “This took place in front of a very se­nior Crown Court judge and I have no doubt she would have very quickly iden­ti­fied this were it the case.

“I con­clude this does not amount to mis­con­duct.”

Mr Fox said the of­fi­cer had not com­mit­ted per­jury and noth­ing i n Mr Wil­son’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions war­ranted a re­fer­ral to the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice.

Mr Wil­son also ac­cused the po­lice of­fi­cer and a mem­ber of the public of col­lud­ing, but the re­port pointed out the de­ci­sion to charge was made solely on avail­able ev­i­dence and “en­dorsed by both courts”.

The re­port also found no ev­i­dence the of­fi­cer de­stroyed his notes, but added: “They can­not be found and are not recorded on the rel­e­vant doc­u­ment.

“One can only con­clude the of­fi­cer lost them. This is un­ac­cept­able and I con­sider this fail­ure amounts to mis­con­duct.”

The re­port said man­age­ment ac­tion would be an ap­pro­pri­ate sanc­tion rather than dis­ci­pline pro­ceed­ings.

Mr Fox also found the fact the for­mer teacher was made to travel from his Boughton Monchelsea home to Folke- stone Mag­is­trates’ Court for his trial, de­spite telling po­lice he was un­well, amounted to mis­con­duct.

He said other op­tions should have been con­sid­ered.

Again, Mr Fox found the mis­con­duct was “not so se­ri­ous as to merit dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings”.

Other ac­cu­sa­tions Mr Wil­son was a vic­tim of en­trap­ment and that po­lice failed to ex­am­ine CCTV in the area were not up­held.

Not sat­is­fied with the out­come, the ex-boxer, of Peen Lane, has asked the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion (IPCC) to in­ves­ti­gate.

Kent Po­lice said they­were un­able to com­ment as the case had been re­ferred to the IPCC.

Det Ch Insp Ed­die Fox, who led the po­lice re­view, and Fer­gus Wil­son, right, mil­lion­aire land­lord

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