Jason Pitter QC and James Gelsthorpe, instructed by Tom Nutter and Darren Cook (Slater Gordon, Leeds), represented a retired police sergeant charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
It was alleged that he along with his two accused (Detective Chief Inspector and Police Constable) had subverted identification procedures and created false evidence in respect of two career criminals who were convicted based on that evidence.
The case involved a two week legal argument in relation to access to private communications between the defendants through the police telecommunications system, in which it was alleged the details of the conspiracy were discussed.
The case also concerned careful scrutiny of the roles, responsibilites and duties of the respective defendants. Their client was acquitted by the jury. The co-accused were convicted and are to be sentenced.