Shamed police chief ’s suicide
A SENIOR police officer accused of shoplifting bottles of wine was found dead at his home yesterday. Detective Chief Inspector Jim Torbet, 54, apparently hanged himself just hours before he was due to answer bail.
Police sources said Mr Torbet, an officer for 28 years, committed suicide while unable to cope with the burden of shame caused by his arrest. He died at his seafront home in Peacehaven, East Sussex, five years after his 19year-old daughter, Rae, was murdered by her jealous exboyfriend, Dellwyn James.
When James was jailed for life, Mr Torbet spoke of the killer’s two previous attempts to kill himself and declared: “I say third time lucky and I wish him luck with it.”
The detective’s career fell apart in September when he and Chief Inspector Sharon Rowe, district commander of police at Worthing, were arrested for allegedly stealing wine from Marks & Spencer in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.
Both were released on police bail without charge and suspended on full pay pending the outcome of the investigation. Mr Torbet had been serving with his force’s professional standards unit.
TRAGIC: Mr Torbet could not cope