Gloucestershire Chief Constable Suzette Davenport could face criminal charges over handling of historic murder case
THE Chief Constable for Gloucestershire Police could face criminal charges along with several other officers for their roles in a murder investigation.
Suzette Davenport, who took over the role of chief constable in February, is one of 14 police officers being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for the way a key witness was treated in the murder case of 20-year-old Kevin Nunes.
The IPCC investigation examined the officers’ dealings with a protected witness and disclosure issues before the trial in 2008.
At the time of the murder case, Ms Davenport was a senior officer with Staffordshire Police.
The charges relate to a case where five men were jailed in 2008 for the murder of an amateur footballer.
The men had their convictions quashed after a report ordered by Ms Davenport revealed that officers behaved inappropriately with a key witness.
Martin Surl, police and crime commissioner for Gloucestershire, said: “I welcome the fact that the investigation has moved a step forward. As I made clear when I appointed Suzette in February, I have full confidence in her.
“This investigation has been going on for a number of years and I will be glad when it has been brought to a conclusion.”
Tom Davies, commissioner of the IPCC, said: “This has been a thorough and painstaking investigation which has required careful scrutiny of thousands of documents and hundreds of statements, and interviews have been carried out with relevant officers.”
The IPCC has now passed a file of evidence to prosecutors relating to five officers who were part of a Staffordshire Police unit that dealt with protected witnesses in the murder case.
It will give the Crown Prosecution Service a second file relating to another nine officers above superintendent in the coming weeks.
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