A piece in today’s Times by Neil Johnston, Midlands Correspondent. The headline in both the print and online edition is “Detective kept job despite botched case”, thereby hiding both the sex of the detective, and the nature of the “case”.
A detective has kept her job despite admitting to basic failures that caused “irreparable damage” to a teenager falsely accused of rape.
DC Kasie Carter, from Leicestershire police, was given a written warning after admitting seven allegations of misconduct relating to a mishandled investigation that led to the boy being expelled from school.
The teenager, now 18, was arrested in 2016 and later charged with 14 offences including rape but was cleared in February last year when thousands of messages available from the start of the investigation revealed that his accuser had pushed to have sex with him. [J4MB emphasis]
Leicestershire police has apologised and Ms Carter appeared before a misconduct meeting and admitted the failings. She read out an apology to the teenager’s mother. [J4MB emphasis. No apology to the teenager, then.]
The boy’s mother said that she was angry the case had not been treated as gross misconduct, which could have led to Ms Carter’s dismissal. “We are going to be living for ever through irreparable damage to our whole family compared with one year’s warning. It’s pathetic,” she said.
The force’s internal inquiry found that DC Carter had a misconduct case to answer for failing to download messages from two girls which would have supported the accused teenager. It also found that that she wrongly said that the messages had been deleted when they had not.
The detective also missed evidence which would have cleared the boy that was available at the start of the investigation and DC Carter did not pursue some lines of inquiry which would have supported the boy, including witness evidence from his family.
A report into the investigation concluded that some of her explanations for the failings were “not credible”.
It said: “The investigator would conclude that DC Carter without good reason has failed to complete a number of fundamental lines of enquiry. Her record keeping has been poor and her explanations are not consistent with the available evidence. The key shortcoming was the failure to examine the phone triage report from [the suspect’s] phone. It is a reasonable assumption that, if all of the available material had been presented to the CPS, it is unlikely that [the suspect] would have been charged.”
The report also said that DC Carter did not believe “in a million years it would come to charges”, but still failed to do basic checks on the story of those making the allegations.
Two detective sergeants are also being the subject of “management action” for failures in supervising the case and and another officer will also be given advice by their line manager over failings.
The boy’s mother said: “I don’t feel like she has had any reprimand at all. They don’t realise the impact of what they put our family through. He can’t even do the career he was going to do because he was thrown out of school. His whole life has been altered by one person’s incompetence.”
A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police said: “Issues in this case were not deemed to be gross misconduct, [J4MB: Issues which reflect the woman’s determination to throw due process under the bus in order to destroy a teenage boy] instead being dealt with under misconduct regulations. In line with these regulations, the officer met with a senior officer for a misconduct meeting. As a result, she was issued with a written warning which will stay on her record for 12 months.”
We need fewer women in the police, not more, and firing DC Kasie Carter would have been a good start.
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