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Police sergeant sacked over fraud conviction after disabled elderly cousin duped out of home

By Andrew Turton | Stafford | Crime | Published:

A Staffordshire police sergeant has been sacked over his role in a plot to dupe an elderly disabled relative out of her house.

Left to right, David Gimbert and John Gimbert outside Birmingham Crown Court earlier this year

David Gimbert, a serving sergeant based at Staffordshire Police headquarters in Stafford, received a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, last week.

His father, John Gimbert, who was a former constable in Staffordshire for 30 years, was jailed for three-and-a-half years for his part.

A jury found John Gimbert, 65, from Westwood Park Avenue, Leek, had abused his position as power of attorney over Janette Trim’s financial affairs.

Miss Trim, who is in her 60s, suffers from severe learning disabilities.

John Gimbert asset stripped his cousin, selling her bungalow for just £1 to his son David.

It was worth between £50,000 and £80,000.

Staffordshire Police confirmed David Gimbert has been dismissed with immediate effect following his conviction for conspiracy to defraud.

A Special Case Hearing was held for the 37-year-old which was chaired by Chief Constable Gareth Morgan on Wednesday.

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The hearing found Sgt Gimbert, of Mow Cop, had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to discreditable conduct, honesty and integrity.

Chief Constable Morgan said: "To retain Sgt Gimbert in Staffordshire Police would require me to rationalise and justify to the public that his conduct, which has been found to be discreditable and dishonest, can be mitigated by his subsequent public service.

"I do not believe this is either practical or tenable.

"I have an obligation to the public to maintain their confidence and to Staffordshire Police to set standards and expectations. I cannot reconcile either of these with retaining Sgt Gimbert in Staffordshire Police."

Andrew Turton

By Andrew Turton
Digital Journalist

Digital journalist based at the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton. Interested in breaking news and social media. Get in touch on Twitter @aturton_star or andrew.turton@expressandstar.co.uk

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