Glasgow & West Scotland

Police officer Stuart Galloway ignored sex abuse claims

Stuart Galloway Image copyright Spindrift
Image caption Stuart Galloway resigned from Police Scotland in 2014

A former police officer who failed to act on reports that a mother and daughter had been sexually abused has admitted neglect and violation of duty.

Det Con Stuart Galloway from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, falsely told the women their alleged abuser had been arrested and was going on trial.

He was caught when one alleged victim contacted another officer. Galloway resigned from Police Scotland in 2014.

Sentence on the 42-year-old was deferred and his bail was continued.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Sheriff John McCormick told him: "I will continue bail but you must be aware this is an extremely serious breach of trust and all options including custody must remain open."

Rape allegation

The court heard that in November 2009 a 41-year-old woman - known as witness A - reported that her father had abused her physically, mentally and sexually from around 1979 to 1989.

The enquiry was passed to the family protection unit and an officer took statements from the witness.

Procurator fiscal depute Andrew Beadsworth said: "In her statement the witness spoke about the male also raping and assaulting her mother, a woman aged 61, referred to as witness B."

On 17 March 2010, a statement was obtained from witness A and the file was passed to Galloway within the family protection unit in September 2010.

He met both witnesses in the following months but failed to detain, or arrest the alleged perpetrator or report the case to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

False updates

The police officers also provided both witnesses with a series of false updates.

These included that the man had pleaded guilty to abuse and rape, that court dates had been arranged in 2014 and that these had subsequently been cancelled for reasons such as court papers not being submitted on time, the judge being unavailable and the man being beaten up in prison.

After the final date for sentencing was cancelled on 8 April 2014, witness A felt something was not right and later went to Pollok police office in Glasgow.

After checks failed to find anything, the sergeant on duty contacted Galloway's supervisors to ask them to speak to him about the case.

Days later when the issue was raised with him, Galloway confessed "I messed up" and admitted what he had done.