- Kristina O’Connor misplaced her bid for a Judicial Overview into her Met Police criticism
The daughter of one among Britain’s best-known entertainers has misplaced a Excessive Court docket battle with the Metropolitan Police after complaining a couple of detective who stated she was ‘amazingly scorching’.
DCI James Mason had met Kristina O’Connor, the daughter of late entertainer Des O’Connor, because of against the law report.
Ms O’Connor had taken authorized motion in opposition to the Police Misconduct Panel, claiming it failed to deal with Mr Mason’s ‘predatory and abusive’ actions and that the Metropolitan Police had ‘did not correctly examine’ her criticism.
The Met Police, and the misconduct panel, disputed her claims.
Mr Justice Swift, who thought-about arguments at Excessive Court docket hearings in London earlier this 12 months, immediately dismissed her utility for ‘judicial evaluate’.
Kristina O’Connor, 33, took authorized motion in opposition to the Met Police over its dealing with of DCI James Mason’s misconduct investigation after the officer saved his job
Miss O’Connor is the daughter of late entertainer Des O’Connor (pictured collectively), who died in 2020; and she or he is a musician in her personal proper
Legal professionals representing Ms O’Connor indicated that they had been contemplating an enchantment.
Ms O’Connor, who’s in her 30s, was despatched quite a few inappropriate messages by Mr Mason after he responded to her report of an tried theft in October 2011, the decide heard.
She had complained about Mr Mason, who was a detective sergeant on the time.
A police misconduct panel discovered that Mr Mason had ‘intentionally and repeatedly abused his place for a sexual goal’ and his conduct ‘amounted to gross misconduct’.
He was given a remaining written warning.
Mr Mason resigned from the Metropolitan Police late in 2022, the decide was informed.
Legal professionals representing Ms O’Connor stated the drive ‘did not correctly examine’ the criticism.
They stated a police misconduct panel failed to deal with ‘predatory and abusive’ actions.
Legal professionals representing the misconduct panel and the Metropolitan Police disputed claims about the best way they dealt with the method.
‘I reject the claimant’s challenges to the choices of the (police) commissioner and the panel,’ stated Mr Justice Swift in a written ruling.
‘The appliance for judicial evaluate is dismissed.’
Ms O’Connor stated after the ruling: ‘This has been a irritating course of, and it’s not the result I hoped for however I need to maintain combating for justice for ladies.’
Lawyer Nancy Collins, who represents her and relies at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, added: ‘It is vitally disappointing that the Excessive Court docket has dismissed Kristina O’Connor’s problem to the police disciplinary course of.’
Mr Justice Swift stated it was enough that the ‘steps that had been taken’ throughout the disciplinary course of had been ‘each cheap and applicable’.