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Kevin Nunes murder: Possible police charges

The Crown Prosecution Service is to consider charging 14 serving and former police officers, including two current Chief Constables, over their roles in a murder investigation.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) looked at how the officers acted prior to the trial of five men over the death of Kevin Nunes.

Seven of the officers involved have since retired.

Mr Nunes was shot dead in Pattingham, Staffordshire, in September 2002.

The IPCC investigation examined the officers’ dealings with a protected witness and disclosure issues prior to the trail in 2008.

The four most senior-ranking officers implicated are:

  • Gloucestershire Chief Constable Suzette Davenport
  • Northamptonshire Chief Constable Adrian Lee
  • Staffordshire Deputy Chief Constable Jane Sawers
  • West Midlands Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale

They were all senior officers at Staffordshire Police at the time of the allegations.

In March 2012 five men who were jailed in 2008 for the murder were freed on appeal, after it emerged concerns over the credibility of the key prosecution witness were not disclosed to the defence.

Police believe the 20-year-old had been a drug dealer who was shot in an execution-style killing after straying into another gang’s territory.

The IPCC has reviewed more than 8,000 documents and taken around 300 statements as part of their investigation and interviewed each of the fourteen officers at least twice.

IPCC commissioner Tom Davies said: “This has been a thorough and painstaking investigation which has required careful scrutiny of thousands of documents and hundreds of statements, and interviews have been carried out with relevant officers.

“I am satisfied that we have reached a point in the investigation where it is right for the CPS to examine the evidence gathered in relation to five officers, and we intend to submit a further file of evidence in relation to nine other officers in coming weeks.”

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