A cop accused of tipping off a drug dealer about a raid phoned the suspect 23 times in two hours, a trial was told yesterday.
Prosecutor Ann MacNeill said there was “a tidal wave of communications” as PC Alan Halliday dialled two of the dealer’s phones.
The calls came between 8.30am and 10.30am on March 20 last year, the Daily Record reports.
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At 8am, Halliday and other officers had been briefed on a planned raid of the suspect’s home
Halliday, 46, denies perverting the course of justice by warning the dealer – who was also his informant – that his colleagues were about to raid their home.
The jury at Edinburgh Sheriff Court has been told Halliday admitted in a police interview phoning the dealer about another matter.
And he claimed he may have accidentally given the impression the raid was imminent.
Halliday, from Musselburgh, East Lothian, also admitted phoning the dealer two minutes after hearing a police radio broadcast reporting the suspect had been seen hiding drugs in a bin.
He claimed in his police interview that he was given permission to call the dealer that morning by a superior officer.
But MacNeill pointed out that in evidence, his superior denied offering approval.
The dealer told police that during the raid, Halliday made a “zip it” gesture.
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But defence QC Shelagh McCall said a colleague of Halliday’s assigned to keep an eye on him during the raid did not see it.
And she added: “It’s not perverting the course of justice if Constable Halliday accidentally or inadvertently tipped off (the dealer).”
The jury began their deliberations yesterday and will resume today.
BY ALAN MCEWEN
8 SEPTEMBER 2015
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