A decorated police officer has won her appeal against her firing from the Metropolitan Police Department.
A highly respected police officer who was fired from the Metropolitan Police after being convicted of having a child abuse film on her phone has won her appeal.
Superintendent Robyn Williams, 56, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service in November 2019 for possessing an indecent image after being praised for her work following the Grenfell Tower fire.
After a special disciplinary hearing in March 2020 determined that her conviction amounted to “gross misconduct,” she was fired from the police with immediate effect.
Ms Williams contested her dismissal, which was confirmed by a tribunal on Wednesday, which found that she should have received a last written warning instead of being fired.
According to the Police Superintendents’ Association, an independent panel comprised of a legally trained chair, a layperson, and a serving senior police officer judged her dismissal from the Met to be both “unfair” and “unreasonable,” allowing her to appeal.
Ms Williams received the video over WhatsApp from her older sister Jennifer Hodge, 57, who had received it from her long-term boyfriend, 63-year-old Dido Massivi, according to the trial at the Old Bailey.
Ms Williams said she had not seen the clip, but the jury was not convinced she was unaware it was on her phone.
Ms Williams had an exceptional disciplinary record, according to jurors, and was well-known for her work in the aftermath of Grenfell and during subsequent Notting Hill Carnivals.
In 2003, she received the Queen’s Police Medal for exceptional service.
“I am extremely pleased with today’s outcome and would like to thank the members of the panel for their decision, Gerard Boyle QC for tirelessly defending my case, and the countless people within policing and beyond, including representatives of the Police Superintendents’ Association, who have backed me up throughout,” Ms Williams said.
“I continued to support local people by working within community programs for nearly a year, both before and throughout the pandemic.
“As a result, I’m overjoyed to be able to return to the profession I love. (This is a brief piece.)