Spared jail, se­nior cop who ig­nored abuse video

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election - By Re­becca Cam­ber Chief Crime Cor­re­spon­dent

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

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