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Former PC given suspended sentence for forging document

Wed, 01 Oct 2014


A former police officer has been given a suspended jail sentence for forging a government document.

The 38-year-old, who now lives in Chester, was sentenced at Douglas Courthouse yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to forging his electoral registration letter between July 1st and 19th this year.

The court heard how the Defendant had moved house and instead of waiting for his new electoral details from the Cabinet Office, created his own letter to send to his credit agency.

It was, his advocate said, something he didn't need to do as he was 'jumping the gun' - and for the sake of a week, in which time he would receive his new letter, he had destroyed his career.

Describing it as a 'baffling case' he said the former Officer had not benefitted in any way from his actions - nor had he used his position to gain, however he did resign from the police force immediately. 

Sentencing him Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes described it as a 'completely inexplicable offence' - he was handed a 12 week sentence suspended for two years, fined £750 and ordered to pay costs. 

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