Shamed po­lice chief ’s sui­cide

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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.

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