Spared jail, senior cop who ignored abuse video
ONE of Britain’s top policewomen was spared jail yesterday for possessing a child abuse video after a judge said her case was a ‘tragedy’.
Acting Chief Superintendent Novlett Robyn Williams, 54, made a ‘serious error of judgment’ when she failed to report a video her sister sent her to investigate, the Old Bailey heard.
Her sister, social worker Jennifer Hodge, 56, shared the film of a five-year-old girl being abused with 17 people on WhatsApp.
But Williams, once tipped to become Scotland Yard’s first black commissioner, did not report the matter to police as this would have led to her sister being in trouble for having the video on her phone, and also did not act to help the abuse victim. She showed no emotion as Judge Richard Marks QC ordered her to perform 200 hours unpaid work after being convicted last week of possession of an indecent image of a child.
Williams had denied seeing the video, but prosecutors claimed she must have known from the thumbnail of the clip as she messaged her sister afterwards, saying: ‘Please call.’ The matter came to the court because one of the other people who received the video reported it to police.
Williams, who was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years, now faces a disciplinary hearing and is being investigated by the police watchdog.
Shamed: Williams yesterday