Suspended Sentence for Peeping Tom Police Officer

Spied on woman in changing room at Primark in Southside Shopping Centre

Primark in the Southside Shopping Centre. Picture: Google

A former police officer who was found guilty of spying on a woman while she was getting changed in Primark as well as possessing child pornography has received a suspended jail sentence.

36-year-old Swaleh Chaudhry was seen filming the woman in South Side Shopping Centre, Wandsworth at 5pm on Wednesday 30 March while he was off duty.

The police were called and they arrested Chaudry, who was attached to the Met’s Taskforce, and he was immediately suspended from duty.

Later detectives searched his house and found extreme pornography and indecent images of children. He resigned from the police before they had a chance to sack him.

On Friday, 22 July Chaudhry appeared in custody at Kingston Crown Court where he was sentenced to 10 months' imprisonment, suspended for 18 months after pleading guilty. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Commander Kyle Gordon, who leads the Met’s Taskforce, said, “Former Constable Chaudhry’s behaviour was repugnant. His actions go against everything we stand for.

"Holding the office of constable is a privilege and it comes with great responsibility. He showed himself to be totally unsuitable to hold this office and undeserving of the trust of the public, and it is right that he has resigned.

"He was investigated, charged and put before the courts by Metropolitan Police officers within 48 hours of the incident.

"I hope that this swift action demonstrates our absolute determination to root out those people in our organisation who let down the public and also let down the many thousands of hard working and dedicated officers with whom they serve."

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July 26, 2022