Police officer with firearms caught spying on ex-girlfriend, tribunal hears

0

A firearms officer was caught spying on his ex-girlfriend by ‘turning off’ her house and peering over her wall in an eight-month stalking campaign, a misconduct tribunal has heard today.

Benjamin Robinson, 33, was caught by his Humberside Police colleagues lurking outside the house in full uniform and carrying a police problem.

The armed officer had disappeared from Melton Police Station in North Ferriby, Hull, as he peered over the wall of the East Yorkshire woman.

Robinson was suspended and an investigation was opened.

It was alleged that the stalking activities against his ex-girlfriend, also a police officer, took place both on and off duty.

Robinson, who left the force ahead of today’s hearing in Goole, accepted the facts but denied that the ‘multiple’ incidents between September 2019 and April 2019 amounted to stalking.

Benjamin Robinson, 33, was caught by his Humberside Police colleagues lurking outside the house in full uniform and carrying a police problem.  Pictured: Melton Police Station in North Ferriby, Hull

Benjamin Robinson, 33, was caught by his Humberside Police colleagues lurking outside the house in full uniform and carrying a police problem. Pictured: Melton Police Station in North Ferriby, Hull

He also denied that he intended to confuse his victim, Agent A.

Humberside Chief Constable Lee Freeman said the evidence was “overwhelming.”

The misconduct hearing was told that Robinson had already been convicted of misusing the police computer to look up the license plates of cars parked in his ex’s driveway.

It was also heard that a copy of his victim’s duty roster had been found in his locker and that he could not properly explain why.

Robinson had tried to interrogate her cell phone and was “only thwarted” because he couldn’t get past her PIN, the chief said.

He had accepted “multiple unsolicited attendances” at her home and had followed her too, Mr. Freeman added.

The man had also stalked her on social media and messaged her on WhatsApp.

He had “hung out” outside her home and work, said Mr. Freeman, adding, “I’m pleased that Robinson watched and looked at her home address.”

The Chief Constable said Robinson had been “manipulative and controlling” and possibly “manipulated her (Officer A) sense of duty.”

He added: “I have read Officer A’s personal statement and I am satisfied that she suffered psychological damage as a direct result of former Officer Robinson’s misconduct.

‘It was premeditated. It included the planning and deliberate targeting of Officer A.

Much when the acts were committed while on duty while performing a specialist role, robbing the public.

‘There have been multiple violations of the standards of professional conduct.

“His resignation came at the last minute and was faced with overwhelming evidence that he had no choice but to accept.”

Robinson was found guilty of gross misconduct on four separate counts.

Robinson, who left the force ahead of today's hearing in Goole, accepted the facts but denied that the 'multiple' incidents between September 2019 and April 2019 amounted to stalking.  Pictured: Humberside Police HQ

Robinson, who stopped police ahead of today's hearing in Goole, accepted the facts but denied that the 'multiple' incidents between September 2019 and April 2019 amounted to stalking.  Pictured: Humberside Police HQ

Robinson, who left the force ahead of today’s hearing in Goole, accepted the facts but denied that the ‘multiple’ incidents between September 2019 and April 2019 amounted to stalking. Pictured: Humberside Police HQ

“The inappropriateness of a single police officer can tarnish the reputation of the police and the service as a whole,” said Mr. Freeman.

The only outcome would be his dismissal without notice if he had still been a serving officer.

“Had he not been found hanging out at her address, which led to his suspension and investigation, I am confident he would have continued this behavior.”

But he was able to get Robinson’s name to appear on the College of Policing’s Barred List, a public blacklist of suspected agents who left under a cloud before being covered in carpet.

By way of limitation, Ian Spain, representative of the police federation, said: “ He says he did not intend to kill Agent A.

He attended her address to see which callers were visiting Agent A and wanted to know why.

He had no intention of upsetting her. He had no intention of confusing her.

“All of this must be seen in the context of a broken relationship in which he did not think clearly.”