Former PSNI officer accused of misconduct over crash

© 08 Jun 2015 Northern Ireland.Former PSNI officer John Gillespie Leaves Newry Court following the conclusion of his case in which he had created false interview documents.. he pleaded guilty and was given a 12 month conditional discharge

A former PSNI officer has been given a 12-month conditional discharge for falsifying a report of a road traffic investigation.

A court heard that John Gillespie (33) suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after being the first officer at the scene of Constable Stephen Carroll's murder.

He was accused of faking two interviews and documents as the investigating officer of a road crash in Co Down in April 2010.

Newry Crown Court was told that he did not gain anything from his misconduct.

Gillespie now lives in Australia but returned to Northern Ireland last month to address the charges.

The court heard that he suffered from 'survivor's guilt' as the first officer after Stephen Carroll to reply to a 999 call in Craigavon in March 2009.

Constable Carroll was shot dead in a Continuity IRA ambush and Gillespie attended to him as he lay dying.

A report said he had not slept a night for three years due to the trauma.


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