Met Police Commander accused of ‘calling pregnant colleague a f******* nutter’


Met Police Commander accused of shouting at employees and calling pregnant colleague a ‘f******* nutter’ also ‘approved £5,500 of his own invalid expenses including alcohol and flight upgrades’, disciplinary panel hears

  • Ch Supt Paul Martin allegedly called a pregnant colleague a ‘f****** nutter’ 
  • The Commander for Ealing is also accused of approving invalid expense claims 
  • Martin, along with two other male officers, is accused of running a ‘boys club’










A senior Metropolitan Police Commander accused of shouting at staff, calling a pregnant colleague a ‘f****** nutter’ and running his force as a ‘boys club’ also approved invalid expenses for alcohol and air travel, a disciplinary hearing has heard.

Chief Superintendent Paul Martin, West Area Borough Commander for Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon, faces accusations of gross misconduct, along with two other male officers.

Ch Supt Martin is also accused of approving thousands of pounds in his own invalid expense claims on the card of Sergeant James Di-Luzio’s, an officer who reported to him. 

The commander used the derogatory slur during a conversation with a colleague which was covertly recorded and played during a disciplinary hearing on Monday.  

Speaking at the hearing, barrister Matthew Butt QC, told the panel Ch Supt Martin admitted to using the words heard in the recording but said they were ‘taken out of context and decontextualised.’

Mr Butt said: ‘He apologised for calling the female colleague a ‘f****** nutter’. He admits that his comments were not optimal but denies discriminating against her.’

Ch Supt Martin allegedly claimed more than £5,500 in expenses while using a card owned by Police Seargeant James Di-Luzio on alcohol, travel insurance and flight upgrades on a week-long trip to a policing conference in Florida.  

Chief Superintendent Paul Martin (pictured) has been accused of multiple misdemeanours including calling a pregnant colleague a 'f****** nutter' and approving invalid expenses for alcohol and air travel

Chief Superintendent Paul Martin (pictured) has been accused of multiple misdemeanours including calling a pregnant colleague a ‘f****** nutter’ and approving invalid expenses for alcohol and air travel

At the time, his line manager was only aware he had claimed £105.98 on expenses.

Mr Butt told the panel: ‘He accepts that he used Sgt Di-Luzio’s card on the Florida trip [but] he denies knowing it was embossed with his name, and says it was a genuine mistake. 

‘He emphatically denies approving his own expenses. He accepts that expenses in Florida were inappropriate.’ 

Ch Supt Martin faces accusations of gross misconduct, along with two other male officers – Chief Inspector Davinder Kandohla and Sergeant James Di-Luzio .

If the allegations are proven to be true, then their ‘dismissals will be justified’, the panel heard.

However, all officers deny gross misconduct.   

The hearing in west London also heard that all three male officers are accused of running a ‘boys club’ which belittled female constables.

Ch Supt Martin allegedly told another colleague her predecessor had failed the loyalty tests he had set and said colleagues had to be loyal to him or ‘face the consequences.’

The hearing was told he would ‘bellow’ demands that one junior female colleague should make his tea, porridge and wash up the bowl.

It is also alleged Kandohla called one colleague who told an officer he had seen him in a pub with a junior female officer a ‘c**t’ and said he wanted to ‘sort it out in the locker room’.

Di-Luzio was often ‘rude and dismissive’, yelling at one colleague and telling another he wanted ‘to make PCs cry’, it was heard.  

The hearing, which is due to last until December 3, continues.

MailOnline has contacted the Metropolitan Police for comment. 

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