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Incriminating messages showing the conspiracy were only uncovered by accident years later.

Elizabeth Belton: Jailed for two years

Elizabeth Belton: Jailed for two years

Date - 29th January 2019
By - Hermione Wright

 

West Yorkshire Police has hit out at two corrupt officers who “let down the public, their colleagues and themselves” after twisting evidence in a burglary investigation.

DCI Elizabeth Belton and PC Judith Mulligan were found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice following an attempted burglary at Mulligan’s home.

The court heard how incriminating text messages between the pair were only uncovered two years after the incident, when the convicted men had already been jailed.

An officer investigating an unrelated case discovered Belton’s messages, shedding light on the conspiracy.

It has been reported that because forensic evidence was not found during the attempted burglary, the investigation relied on Mulligan’s identification evidence - but she’d changed her description of the suspects, stating they were older.  

Messages from Belton also are reported to have laughed at the fact that the two men had been set up. 

Following a re-trial, the pair appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Friday, and Belton was handed a two-year jail sentence and Mulligan a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years.

West Yorkshire Police Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, Russ Foster, said the sentences "reflect the severity of the offence" and that individuals who break the law “will be held to account and have to endure the consequences of their actions” regardless of their position or office in society.

He added: “West Yorkshire Police expects all of its officers and staff to maintain the very highest standards. Whenever police officers act outside the law or its procedures they undermine public trust and confidence.

“The actions of these individuals were corrupt and criminal and fell far below the standards we expect – they have let down the public, their colleagues and themselves.”

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12 minutes ago, Zulu 22 said:

Light sentences, considering

Agreed, such stories do immense damage to the service and the confidence the public has in it

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So, you lie about about who was driving to avoid a speeding ticket and you get sent to jail but you fit up some suspected burglars and you get a suspended sentenced?

Perhaps that is the criminal justice system’s way of saying that they ‘were probably guilty of something’...

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51 minutes ago, ParochialYokal said:

So, you lie about about who was driving to avoid a speeding ticket and you get sent to jail but you fit up some suspected burglars and you get a suspended sentenced?

Perhaps that is the criminal justice system’s way of saying that they ‘were probably guilty of something’...

One got 2 years, they all should have got a minimum of 2 years.

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From reading that article it appears that West Yorkshire is mired in controversy from the top to the bottom. It is probably less than 1% of officers but, officers in high positions who have led a charmed existence. The behaviour denigrate and does no justice for the decent honest officers.

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