Northern Ireland

Police officer to stand trial on charge of misconduct in a public office

Robert Andrew Hall appeared at Belfast Crown Court
Robert Andrew Hall appeared at Belfast Crown Court Robert Andrew Hall appeared at Belfast Crown Court

A police officer is to stand trial in the new year on a charge of misconduct in a public office.

The charge relates to allegations that he sent letters to the partners of two police officers claiming they were having affairs with colleagues.

Robert Andrew Hall appeared at Belfast Crown Court on Monday.

The 57-year old, whose address was given as PSNI Brooklyn, Knock Road in Belfast, was charged with misconduct in a public office on dates between March 1 2018 and April 27 2021.

Hall was charged that 'being a police officer, he wilfully misconducted himself to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the trust of the public in that he created and sent letters to the spouses of two fellow police officers alleging falsely that they were conducting affairs with other work colleagues.

He pleaded not guilty.

Judge Paul Ramsey KC was told by both a Crown and defence barrister that the hearing is expected to last around one week.

He set a trial date as January 24 and said he would review the case on January 10.

Judge Ramsey released Hall on continuing bail.