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Post by GD on Mon 27 Jul 2009, 6:16 pm

GUERNSEY’S police have been criticised for their investigation of a ‘mystery woman’ case.

‘This trial, which was complex, was made much more difficult by a mediocre police investigation,’ said Judge Russell Finch in sentencing in the Royal Court.

Although charged with four counts, a lack of evidence meant that finance worker Pippa Harbour could not be found guilty of the more serious ones of dishonestly obtaining employment by deceiving her employer, he said.

‘There was little direction. This made [prosecuting counsel] Advocate Dunford’s case hard.

‘We [the court] would hope for a considerable improvement in the future.’

Harbour, who was found guilty of uttering false documents after a 10-day trial in June, was sentenced to 240 hours’ community service as a direct alternative to a year in prison.

She got work at several local financial institutions by pretending she had a degree and an MBA from the London Business School.

Judge Finch was also critical of Harbour, who had maintained throughout the trial that she did gain the qualifications, but under a different name.

But she refused to give these details to the court.

Advocate Dunford told the court that they now knew her real name and date of birth.

Mr Finch said: ‘People who tell lies or live lies, like you, are to the detriment of the island and its reputation. You need to sort yourself out and come to terms with the truth.’

Advocate Peter Ferbrache, for Harbour, told the court that she had lost her job because of the conviction and would find it hard to get another in the island’s finance sector.

‘She is someone of previous good character,’ he said. ‘The two charges were the consolation prize for the prosecution. This was a case without any victim or financial loss to anybody.’

A probation report said she had a low likelihood of reoffending.

He asked the court not to impose a prison sentence as her income was the only means of funding her son, who was at university.

Harbour declined to comment after the sentence. Guernsey police have yet to comment on the criticisms.(from thisisguernsey)

I am not surprised with the Judge's comment, the police seem to have dropped in their standards considerably over the last few years,

I think they need a new chief officer who can shake up the force...


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Post by karma on Mon 27 Jul 2009, 11:10 pm

George has been there so long I think his 'get up and go' has 'got up and gone'.....to the detriment of the Island (had she been found smoking a joint the story would have had a different ending)
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Post by plimmerton811 on Tue 28 Jul 2009, 3:28 am

George never had any get up and go

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Post by Dell on Tue 28 Jul 2009, 9:13 am

Appears to be harsh comments made by Judge Finch when you initially read the story.

I am confused as to how Judge Finch might know what level of direction of the investigation was taken by the police and what Advocate Dunford might have directed them to undertake to seek a successful prosecution? He should be impartial and would not have the knowledge of how the matter was investigated, surely?

The comment about 'considerable improvement in the future' is directed at whom? The police or prosecuting counsel? It can be taken either way.

Judge Finch is also critical of Pippa Harbour, but this was not used as the headline. She was criticised for lying to the court, should this have been the strap-line instead? Not nearly as controversial or provocative, is it!

IMO the Press Editor has taken the Red-Top style of gutter-press reporting and gone for a sensationalistic headline by having a pop at the police and prosecution counsel, which is not the first time that he has done that!! They appear to be an easy target and would find it difficult to remain professional and provide a response.

Is there an underlying message and opportunity that Judge Finch has taken to have a 'pop' at someone?

Questions, questions...



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Post by bug1 on Tue 28 Jul 2009, 5:56 pm

Whatever. However the Press's use of the word Flaying is entirely wrong.
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Post by Dell on Tue 28 Jul 2009, 8:09 pm

Don't follow your thoughts bug!







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