Shropshire

'Lying' West Mercia Police officer cleared of rape sacked

A police officer cleared of rape has been sacked for gross misconduct for lying during a police interview before his trial, his force has said.

Shropshire-based PC Vinod Kumar Dahiya served the West Mercia force for 10 years and made the admission during his trial at Stafford Crown Court last year, the force said.

A misconduct hearing found his behaviour "fell far below the standards expected from officers and staff".

Mr Dahiya has not yet commented.

The force said Mr Dahiya was dismissed with immediate effect for gross misconduct on Tuesday.

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The force said: "A professional standards investigation commenced when the officer admitted, whilst giving evidence as a defendant in crown court, that he had lied during a criminal interview to police.

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"The misconduct hearing found that the behaviour of PC 3066 Dahiya... amounted to a breach of the standards of professional behaviour.

"This fell outside the expectations made clear in our code of ethics and it is for this reason he was dismissed."

Following the unproven allegation of rape, Mr Dahiya, from Telford, was suspended from the force from 4 July 2013 to 15 August 2014 on full pay before he returned to "non-operational duties", a force spokeswoman said.

He was cleared of attacking a woman while off-duty in May and June last year.

In July, a jury at Stafford Crown Court found Mr Dahiya not guilty of one charge of rape. It was unable to reach a verdict on a second count.

It was also unable to reach a verdict on a charge of common assault, and was discharged.

The Crown Prosecution Service previously confirmed it would not seek a retrial.

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