Disgraced cop Mark Goddard was the latest in a long line of PSNI and ex-RUC officers shamed in court for crimes when he was jailed for two years in August.
s scrutiny of police heats up in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder by serving Met officer Wayne Couzens, we expose some of the most high-profile cases of dirty cops in Northern Ireland.
Goddard, from Lisburn, was sentenced to two years in prison for misconduct in a public office after a year-long affair with a vulnerable woman he arrested on suspicion of burglary.
However, there have been many sleazy cops before him in the ranks of the PSNI. The roll of shame includes sex pest bully Martin Kift, who became the first person in Northern Ireland to be convicted of psychological bullying in 2008 after harassing and sexually assaulting a suicide victim’s mother, as well as showing her pictures of her dead child.
Islandmagee man Kift, nicknamed Dr Death by fellow cops, was unanimously convicted of perverting the course of justice, nine counts of indecent assault and inflicting grievous bodily harm on dates between January 2002 and August 2004. He was jailed for three years.
Constable Robert Ainscough was jailed for over a year in 2019 for having thousands of indecent images of children.
The PSNI pervert was sentenced at Craigavon Crown Court after pleading guilty to misconduct in a public office and possession of more than 16,000 indecent images of children. He was rumbled after a woman made police aware of images he had sent her of himself while on duty in 2016.
Analysis of 10 devices owned by Ainscough, originally from Dublin but whose address was given as Lurgan police station, uncovered 16,681 indecent images of children.
In 2013, officer Richard Chilvers was jailed for five months for having almost 1,000 images of children being abused.
Chilvers, based at Tennent Street station in Belfast and a former basketball player with Bangor Sharks, pleaded guilty to 22 charges, including possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children. A defence lawyer said his client “hung his head in shame” at the crime.
In 2019, notorious child sex beast Raymond Keith Lindsay was jailed for over two years following a hearing at Downpatrick Crown Court after trying to lure a child of eight into woods.
The former RUC inspector from Dungannon has been jailed multiple times for child sex offences since first being snared during the 1990s.
In 1994, he was handed a six-year sentence for 16 sex offences, including indecent assault. He has since been convicted of a number of offences against children, including a 2013 incident in which he incited a young girl into sexual activity at Kilbroney Forest Park in Rostrevor after travelling there in a campervan.
Fellow ex-RUC man Peter McCormick, from Larne, and his son Mark have both been convicted of running brothels in the past.
The former reservist, who was then living in Dublin, was given a two-year suspended sentence in 2003 after pleading guilty to organising prostitution between September 1999 and April 2000.
The pimp, who raked in more than £5million in 2015 from his website Escort Ireland, retreated to a luxury property in the north-west of England after avoiding jail over the crimes.
In 2011, former award-winning Coleraine cop Chris Murdoch avoided jail after tipping off his Thai prostitute girlfriend about a raid on her brothel.
Murdoch, UK Community Police Officer of the Year in 2006, was caught in a police sting operation as part of an investigation into the brothel run by his then girlfriend Rattanaporn Smith in Castlerock, Co Londonderry.
He was told by Judge Corinne Philpott that while he “thoroughly deserved” to go to prison, she accepted he had already been punished enough, given the repercussions for him and his family. He was sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
Murdoch, who resigned from the PSNI after 20 years of service, admitted attempting to obstruct police in June 2008 by calling his madam girlfriend to warn her just prior to police raiding her flat.
In 2017, former Belfast-based policeman Phil Adamson, who spied on children taking a shower, was handed a probation order.
The pervert had previously admitted charges of voyeurism and making an indecent photograph of a child. He was put on probation for a year as well as being ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register.
Coleraine Magistrates Court heard the offences took place in July 2017, with Adamson filming a child showering with a hidden mobile phone.
He was sacked and lost his police pension as a result of his offending, with his lawyer Eoghan Devlin telling the court that his client wished to apologise to the injured party.
Last year, this newspaper revealed ex-cop turned sex attacker and voyeur Drew Cooper (59) showed his girlfriend crime scene images, including pictures of the Massereene Barracks murders.
Cooper also shared sensitive details of murder cases he was involved in and even got her to pose in police handcuffs with his gun to her head.
The details emerged after the Ballymoney man was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for three years, at Antrim Crown Court after confessing to two counts of sexual assault in February and April 2016.
The cop turned massage therapist also recorded a person doing a private act between May 2015 and January 2016.
In 2019, former police photographer William McConnell, who indecently assaulted two teenage sisters, took indecent photos of them and spied on a third victim, walked free from court with a three-year probation order.
McConnell, from Sion Mills, admitted two counts of indecent assault between September 2000 and January 2006 — one against each victim — and two counts of having indecent images of both in February 2015.
Following a trial at Belfast Crown Court in January 2019, a jury also convicted him of voyeurism over an incident in 2014 when he secretly recorded a woman during a glamour photoshoot.
In 1999, RUC man Eric Millar was jailed for 10 years for raping a 15-year-old girl scout.
Rejecting the constable’s appeal in Belfast the following year, Lord Justice Nicholson said Millar, then 48, had abused his position as leader of an east Belfast scourt group and then tried to shame the girl in court.
“He took advantage of his position of trust, her fear of him, and he damaged her life,’’ headded.
Lord Justice Nicholson said the father-of-two instructed his lawyers to put the girl’s private life in the public domain during his trial.
“Every piece of ‘dirt’ that he could find was put to her. He sought to have her shamed and disgraced,” the judge told the court.
In July 2012, ex-PSNI officer Simon Dempsey was jailed for nine months in 2012 for aiding and abetting brothel madam Rong Chen.
Dempsey, from Cloghey, in Ards, admitted the charges.
His co-accused Chen (35) conned women into coming to Northern Ireland by making them believe that they would work as child minders. She was jailed for seven years for trafficking women and controlling prostitution.
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