Wigan complainant satisfied with answers from police misconduct hearing

Kieran Jones, from Bamfurlong, started proceedings against Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer DI David Johnston.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 2:07 pm
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 2:10 pm

Mr Jones accused DI Johnston of passing personal information from the police system to his former partner Hayley Mason, who had also had a relationship with the officer, in August 2018.

Last week a three-man panel found DI Johnston had committed gross misconduct, with tribunal judge Paul Forster saying they believed that it was the police officer who had passed Ms Mason the information regarding Mr Jones.

However, the panel stopped short of instantly dismissing DI Johnston from his job, instead issuing him with a final written warning.

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Kieran Jones
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Mr Jones, 40, said that was exactly what he wanted to happen as he was worried about the psychological toll such an abrupt end to a 24-year police career would have had.

Having experienced his own battles with mental health problems, Mr Jones said he would not want to see anyone else put in that position.

He said: “To be honest this is the perfect result. I’ve got my answers. I sent the board a letter stating I did not want him to get sacked as he would end up struggling with mental health and doing what I do and having struggled I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

“Him getting sacked would have gone against everything I stand for. Now I can sit back knowing I’ve fought the legal route and been the bigger person.

“I’d like to thank all my family and friends as they supported me through the dark times right up to this and kept me fighting for justice.”

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