Shamed cop loses appeal
SHAMED cop Mark Daniel has lost his appeal against his conviction of kerb crawling in Ipswich's red light district.After a two-day hearing judges at Ipswich Crown Court decided there was no reason to overturn the guilty verdict given to Daniel, a detective sergeant in the Metropolitan police, in June.
SHAMED cop Mark Daniel has lost his appeal against his conviction of soliciting in Ipswich's red light district.
After a two-day hearing judges at Ipswich Crown Court decided there was no reason to overturn the guilty verdict given to Daniel, a detective sergeant in the Metropolitan police, in June.
He was arrested after being seen letting known prostitute Donna Drewry into his car by officers patrolling in the wake of the killing of six Ipswich prostitutes last winter.
Ms Drewry told the court that Daniel had offered her £20 to perform sexual acts and said: “Let's see how it goes from there.”
He drove Ms Drewry in his Metropolitan Police Skoda estate car to a secluded area of Hadleigh Road Industrial estate after picking her up in Handford Road.
After upholding the verdict in the original trial held at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, Judge Neil McKittrick said: “We are satisfied that the actions amounted to soliciting.
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“We are also satisfied that the other criteria that the offence required were met.
“We are satisfied that the defendant solicited a woman from his vehicle in such circumstances as to cause a nuisance to residents in the neighbourhood.
“These are the findings of this appeal court.”
Speaking for Daniel following the verdict, Tom Nicholson said: “Disciplinary actions will follow and he is likely to lose his job.”
He said Daniel had spent £8,886 appealing his conviction, money which he had borrowed and will have to be repayed.
Daniel was ordered to pay £400 costs on top of the original £235 fine and £450 costs he was originally ordered to pay.