Bent cop faces jail for passing on information


police-stationoriginally published: 9th July 2009
all credits: Birmingham Mail

A corrupt Birmingham policeman faces jail after passing on top secret inside information to criminals. Constable Mark Turner, aged 25, of Pytman Drive, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court and pleaded guilty to two charges of misconduct in a public office.

He also admitted a charge of conspiracy to defraud banks and other financial institutions. committing misconduct in a public office is a serious criminal offence. It is punishable by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The misconduct charges relate to restricted intelligence that Turner accessed between April 2004 and October 2007. It was discovered he had found the information on a police computer system about Simon Haycock, Anthony Palmer and other individuals.

He was caught downloading the intelligence material and passing it on to Haycock and Palmer. Turner will be sentenced on Monday along with Haycock and Palmer.

Haycock, 29, of Mayfield Road, Handsworth, and Palmer, 30, of Rivington Crescent, Kingstanding, both admitted aiding and abetting Turner, while Palmer also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud.

Turner joined West Midlands police in April 2004 and was suspended in October 2007. It is understood that Turner will remain suspended on full pay until a disciplinary tribunal regarding his employment is convened following next week’s sentencing.

The tribunal will decide whether or not to dismiss the officer from the force. The offence involves a “public officer” acting in a way in which he “willfully misconducts himself … to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust”.

In a similar case, ex-Northumbria detective John Jones was jailed for five years last December after being convicted of misconduct in public office for passing sensitive police intelligence to a drugs baron.