Officers who bugged drugs car ‘deserve commendations’

THREE police officers facing disciplinary charges over the investigation that brought down drugs baron Curtis Warren deserve a commendation, not criticism, says their lawyer.

Curtis Warren arriving at the Royal Court in 2009. He was jailed for 13 years. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Curtis Warren arriving at the Royal Court in 2009. He was jailed for 13 years. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

THREE police officers facing disciplinary charges over the investigation that brought down drugs baron Curtis Warren deserve a commendation, not criticism, says their lawyer.

With a disciplinary hearing due to resume today, the lawyer for Chief Inspector David Minty, Inspector Louis Beghin and Detective Sergeant Lawrence Courtness, says that the men have done nothing wrong, and that they deserve the Island's praise.

Advocate Philip Sinel's comment is the first public statement on behalf of the three officers, who face misconduct charges for the police operation in 2007.

They bugged a car being driven by one of Warren's accomplices through France, Belgium and Holland without permission from the foreign authorities.

Comments for: "Officers who bugged drugs car ‘deserve commendations’"

BeanAbroad

I agree. They deserve our support for getting such a scumbag off the streets. Hold your head up high boys, I am sure the majority of the public support you.

Bob

Ridiculous. The police, authorities or anyone else are NOT above the law in any respect.

What next, putting CCTV cameras up in people houses "just in case"...

Ashes to Ashes

Philip Sinel - wonderful fellow; if anyone can get these three maverick cops off the hook, he will.

Irrespective of all the politically correct clap-trap, these guys locked up an arch villain and were given guidance from a Crown Advocate. They also had advice from the U.K. National Crime Squad, or Serious and Organised Crime Agency, or whatever they call themselves nowadays.

I know there will be a lot of critics who will come out of the wood work, but all the red tape involved in surveillance nowadays, just gets in the way of effective policing. Remember - bureaucracy is the art of making what is normally possible; impossible.

Lindsay Garrod

Well I know Advocate Sinel has in the past built a reputation for beng determined, a rottweiler and a bit theatrical but I must say his comments makes him look just stupid. It's not difficult to understand that the policeman broke the law and to condone and even congratulate their actions is ridiculous. I suppose he is just trying to rally public opinion to support what the policeman did in an effort to get his clients cleared of any wrong-doing and acting 'above the law'. If it became acceptable to flaunt the law, a vigilante culture would prevail. If that's the world Mr Sinel and his clients want to see, bring it on - if they upset me I'll vist them with a baseball bat and sort it out that way.

Euan Mee

" It's not difficult to understand that the policeman (sic) broke the law..." Er, which law, can you advise? Meanwhile you threaten whoever disagrees with you that you will attack them with a baseball bat. Nice...

Antonia

Quote from Lord Dyson, Privy Council Judge in Curtis Warren Appeal "nothing can detract from the seriousness of the misconduct.The Commissioner was right to characterise it as “most reprehensible”. It is a matter of concern to the Board that in his witness statement of 21 January 2008, DCI Minty said: “Given identical circumstances again I believe that we would respond in the same way”. It is to be hoped that, having read the strictures of the Commissioner as well as those of the Board, he no longer adheres to this view."

Another quote from Lord Kerr "Lord Dyson has expressed the hope that, given the strictures of the Commissioner and the Board, the detective chief inspector will no longer adhere to this view. I would go further. Such a view is not in any circumstances tenable. It is entirely incompatible with the proper discharge of the duties of a police officer. It has now been found that the police in Jersey deceived not only foreign authorities but also their own Chief of Police and the Attorney General. The repetition of such behaviour should not be countenanced."

Personally I'd be happier if the officers concerned were out of the force.

me

Commended my a**e! They maybe took Warren off the streets but they didn't actually get any drugs. How much did this farce cost the Island to keep him at La Moye and all the extra fanfair of armed police etc, every time he appeared in court?

Special Branch

in my experience you can not believe anything a lawyer says in Jersey, but for Advocate Sinel to publicly state that 'it's okay to break the law if you are a police officer' is pushing the boundaries! where do you draw the line?

lupe

NO they broke the law just as Mr Warren did but he got 13 years and these corrupt officers get nothing!

Would you trust theses officers or there lawyer??

Euan Mee

They are facing a disciplinary for misconduct, not criminal offences. They are also innocent until proven guilty; they shouldn't be condemned or described as corrupt on your say so. I assume "Lupe" is short for Loopy...?

P.J.K.

"Deserve commendation" what for?, breaking the law!!

Why have any laws then?

Clanger

Well I do sometimes think that there are many people on this island not worth protecting.

The judges in the UK have the benefit of hindsight and are making comments about their view of the officers conduct of the investigation. No one thumped anyone, no one stitched anyone up the way the evidence was gathered is the point at issue and for what ever reason these police officers are answering for that decision. Although it is important to note that the defendants were still found guilty in full knowledge of the evidence.

In any event they bugged a car over here that went to Europe, if they obtained advice over this them why are we here.