Cops put me through hell
Dad is awarded £50k after he’s falsely accused of kidnapping daughter He spends SIX MONTHS in jail, loses his job and tries to take his life twice
a fair and through manner. Had guidelines been followed... then Mr Cooper would not have spent six months on remand for crimes he hadn’t committed.”
Other documents obtained by the Mirror show Kent Police’s Professional Standards Department ruled the officers failed to investigate James’s claims properly by not downloading the messages.
DC Catt was given a final written warning for gross misconduct.
DC Hearn was given “management advice” for misconduct.
But despite a subsequent payout, James does not feel justice has been served – because he has since lost custody of his daughter and missed out on a job. He said: “Before this happened I was about to start a new job as a hire company manager.
“Then because I went to prison I lost custody of my daughter.”
Superintendent Nick Gossett, of Kent Police’s Professional Standards Department, said: “A civil claim relating to an alleged case of assault and making threats to kill was resolved and agreed by all parties prior to a hearing.
“Two officers were subject of a misconduct hearing in relation to the case. One received a final written warning and the other management advice.
“The hearing was held in public and the outcome published on the Kent Police website.”
MoTHer James’s ex Gemma called police