Met PC, 53, is jailed for more than six years for stalking after police raided his home
A Metropolitan Police officer has been jailed for more than six years after being found guilty of stalking.
Northamptonshire Police raided the home of PC Gerard Kennedy, 53, in Kings Sutton earlier this year and discovered evidence which suggested he had been involved in stalking.
The offence was committed between February 2023 and March 2023.
Kennedy, who was connected to Met Operations, was soon after suspended and following an investigation was charged with the offence.
He was found guilty on September 6 this year at Northampton Crown Court.
Returning to the same court last week, Kennedy was sentenced to six years and six months in prison.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Ashleigh Houlden said: ‘I am really pleased that Gerard Kennedy has been jailed for such a significant period of time as it demonstrates the seriousness with which this case has been taken.
PC Gerard Kennedy, 53, has been jailed for more than six years after being found guilty of stalking
He was found guilty on September 6 this year at Northampton Crown Court and was last week sentenced to six years and six months in prison
‘Stalking takes over a victim’s life as they are always looking over their shoulder, always worrying about what is around the corner and where their stalker is.
‘It’s an extremely invasive crime and I hope this result, whilst not being able to erase what happened, provides our victim with some closure.
‘The seriousness of Kennedy’s crime would be enough if he were a member of the public, but to have been a serving police officer at the time makes this offence all the more distressing.
‘He was meant to be someone whom others could trust with the worst days in their lives, and instead he chose to be the type of person he once swore to protect the public from.
‘I hope this case demonstrates how seriously Northamptonshire Police take reports of this nature and that it doesn’t matter who you are – we will work tirelessly to bring you to justice.
‘Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped to secure this result and the Metropolitan Police for their support and assistance with our investigation.’
The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed of this case and a misconduct hearing will take place at the earliest opportunity.
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