By Constantinos Psillides
A POLICE officer, who also doubles as a football referee, found himself under both criminal and disciplinary investigation after he tried to photograph a witness statement in another case with his smart-phone.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that the officer in question tried to access statements regarding a case in which threatening texts were sent to a fellow football referee. The officer asked the investigator in charge of the case to be allowed to have a peek at the witnesses statements but was denied, so he returned later and tried to photograph the statement when no one was looking.
Other officers saw him trying to photograph the statement and notified the head investigator.
Angelides said that on being discovered, the police officer deleted the picture from his mobile phone.
The officer is now under investigation for abuse of power, attempt to tamper with a police investigation and violating service confidentiality.
The officer also faces a disciplinary investigation on improper conduct.