Cop ‘wrecked murder trial by lying about juror link – costing taxpayer £80k’

The killers were again handed life sentences at an £80,000 cost to the taxpayer. 

On the day before the trial DC Bryant messaged Miss Jones on WhatsApp, asking: “Are you looking forward to tomorrow?”

Miss Jones replied: “Yeah I’m quite excited! A bit nervous though because I don’t know what I’m going into xxx.”

DC Bryant said: “Don’t tell any of them who u r to me tho in case they think I’ve told u about it although u know I haven’t xxx.” (sic)

Following the trial, a complaint was made to the Crown Prosecution Service. 

“Don’t tell any of them who u r to me tho in case they think I’ve told u about it”

Rebecca Bryant

The officer was then questioned by the force’s Detective Chief Inspector Mark O’Shea. 

Presenting officer Jeremy Johnson said: “She told DCI O’Shea she didn’t know the juror. That was untrue.

“She corrected the position the following day, but by that stage the CPS had been given untruthful information in denying that underlying concern.”

DC Bryant has admitted breaching standards of professional behaviour relating to her failing to disclose her relationship to Miss Jones, helping her mislead the court with her hair appointment, and then denying that she knew Miss Jones when confronted with the allegation.

She denies dishonest behaviour in relation to Ms Jones’ hair appointment and gross misconduct.

The hearing continues. 

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