We note with great interest that Chief Superintendent Adrian Harper, who currently faces two charges of wilful misconduct while in a judicial or public office in relation to two speeding offences, is the policeman at the centre of the outrageous Paul Clarke case.
Harper was the officer who took the call from Mr Clarke when the latter found a firearm in his garden. Harper allowed him to walk into the station with it (in order to hand it in) and effectively allowed him to walk into the criminal conviction he now has.
Whilst if convicted he will hardly be punished for this pair of offences with which he is charged to the same degree as poor Mr Clarke (who faces a five year minimum sentence for the firearms "offence"), he will certainly be facing some music. I also note that he is not charged with speeding plain and simple, but rather with wilful misconduct – it's not just that he was apparently speeding, it's that he's been suspended as a result of alleged dishonesty in connection with the charges. The facts of the case will be interesting to know – we do hope that the Surrey media stay on the case…
By Alex Deane – with a hat tip to SZ and lovers of "what goes around comes around" everywhere
*UPDATE* we were NOT the first with this story!