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Senior police officer accused of interfering in Boardman mother crash case

Joe Robinson
11 Jul 2018

Court told police officer warned fellow officers not to attend his daughter-in-law's workplace to seize evidence

A senior police officer in North Wales has been accused of intervening in a case when fellow officers attempted to question his daughter-in-law in relation to a traffic incident that resulted in the death of the mother of Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman.

Liam Rosney collided with Carol Boardman as she cycled in Connah's Quay, North Wales, in July 2016. Mrs Boardman suffered several injuries from the collision, causing her death.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Mold Crown Court in North Wales heard that Rosney had been on the phone to his wife Victoria just four seconds before the fatal crash and it is alleged that the couple both deleted their call records retrospectively after the crash.

When Detective Sergeant Laura Griffiths went to the couple's home to question the pair and seize Mrs Rosney's phone, they found the house empty.

DS Griffiths then told the court that she contacted Mrs Rosney, who was at work and told the police officer that she would need permission from her work to return back home.

Yet when Griffiths had her call returned it was not Mrs Rosney but Peter Rosney, father of Liam and a senior officer in North Wales.

When questioned by Mrs Rosney's defence lawyer, Mark Rhind, Griffiths confirmed she knew of Peter Rosney's position within the police and that he relayed options as to what the police officers could and could not do in regards of the case.

Griffiths then confirmed that Mr Rosney suggested that she and accompanying officer PC Arwyn Phillips should not visit Mrs Rosney's place of work.

Phillips confirmed this, stating, 'I do recall her, DC Griffiths, stating he, Mr Peter Rosney, had told her we were not to turn up at her workplace.'

Although Mrs Rosney failed to call the police officers back, both did attend her workplace, Moneysupermarket in Ewloe, to request her phone.

When they reached her, she told the officers that her phone was with colleague Sian Williams. 

When the phone was eventually seized by the police it was confirmed that the phone's call log from the day of the crash was missing.

The investigation into the death of Mrs Boardman continues, with Liam Rosney denying death by dangerous driving, and both he and Victoria Rosney denying perverting the course of justice.

Lead imge: Charles DP Miller/CC

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