As two Policemen were told by a Sheriff they had shamed their force over fabricating breach of the peace allegations against a law student & friend, calls were being made for the Crown Office to disclose statistics on the rising tide of similar cases involving all of Scotland's Police forces ..
The Daily Record reports :
May 8 2008 By Joanne Curran
TWO policemen who lied to fit up a law student and his friend were told yesterday they had shamed their force.
Community officers Neil Jones, 35, and Andrew MacRobert, 28, were fined £2000 and £1250 respectively when they appeared for sentence yesterday.
They had been found guilty of fabricating breach of the peace allegations against law student William Reid and his friend Callum McCaig at an earlier hearing.
Hamilton Sheriff Court was told both would almost certainly be fired after an internal hearing later this month.
Both have been suspended on full pay since May 2007.
Sheriff Ray Small told the constables: "I have heard you were both promising young officers and your conduct until now was exemplary.
"It is particularly unfortunate you are two officers whose careers will now likely come to an end.
"The harm your conduct has done to the good name of the Strathclyde Police force is immeasurable."
The sheriff told Jones: "You were the more experienced officer.
"I have no doubt you were the main mover in this incident and it was all your idea. That is why I am fining you the larger sum of £2000."
Frances McMenamin QC, for Jones, said he had been considered "such a good role model" he was regularly asked to tutor young constables.
Ian Duguid QC, for MacRobert, said his client, a graduate who is from a family of professionals, still denied the allegations against him.
The constables had claimed the two men, both 22, had been shouting and swearing in the street after a night out and charged them with breach of the peace.
A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: "A report will be submitted to the deputy chief constable in due course for his consideration."