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17-Dec-2019 08:05

A policeman accused of playing a computer game while examining CCTV footage to catch a rapist has been sacked for gross misconduct.

Detective Constable Emyr Davies, 57, failed to spot the victim or her two attackers when he looked through four-and-a-half hours of recordings.

Davies eventually confessed, after initially denying he had done so.

‘I was resting my eyes and taking a break,’ he said.‘It’s not healthy to stare at a computer screen for hours.

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When questioned, Davies initially denied playing it, a misconduct hearing was told.Detective Constable Dean Stevens said: ‘When I came in I saw the section he was playing was on an accelerated speed.Straight away, I said “don’t – you run the risk of missing bits”.’He added that he saw a computer game on standby at the bottom of the screen but did not know if his colleague had been playing it.Lascu was arrested after a tip-off and jailed for 13 years in 2016 when he was convicted of rape at Hull Crown Court.The misconduct hearing heard it was fortunate he did not cheat justice.

When questioned, Davies initially denied playing it, a misconduct hearing was told.

Detective Constable Dean Stevens said: ‘When I came in I saw the section he was playing was on an accelerated speed.

Straight away, I said “don’t – you run the risk of missing bits”.’He added that he saw a computer game on standby at the bottom of the screen but did not know if his colleague had been playing it.

Lascu was arrested after a tip-off and jailed for 13 years in 2016 when he was convicted of rape at Hull Crown Court.

The misconduct hearing heard it was fortunate he did not cheat justice.

The panel, sitting in Goole, East Yorkshire, cleared him of the charge that he was distracted by the computer game while studying CCTV as it could not be disproved that he was only playing during breaks.