PC JOSEPH PRASAD was sentenced to seven years in prison and his brother Dominic Prasad was sentenced to three years in prison after the brothers tried to frame a female police officer for taking drugs.
PC Prasad and a female colleague were at an address in Romford, both off duty, on 7th June last year – when the police arrived. The police had received an anonymous call reporting that a man and a woman were dealing drugs at that location. PC Prasad said he wanted to find his colleague’s warrant card and picked up her handbag. He then produced two packets of white powder which he said he had found in the handbag.
Police subjected the packets to forensic analysis – and found DNA from only one person on the packets. That person was PC Prasad. The two colleagues were given drugs tests, both of which were negative.
As the police investigation continued, police found that PC Prasad had two mobile phones – one of which was the phone which had made that anonymous call to the police on 7th June. Police were then able to establish that a large number of calls, made over a two month period to the police, Crimestoppers and the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) had come from numbers which PC Prasad had access to. The calls all made allegations about the same woman colleague.
The police then found that further set of allegations about the woman colleague, backed up by false information, had been made by Dominic Prasad – who was then arrested too.
PC Joseph Prasad, 32, was attached to the Specialist Crime and Operations Unit. He was convicted of perverting the course of public justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice with malicious communication. One count of possession of a class A drug is to lie on file. He will now be subject to an internal police misconduct process.
Dominic Prasad, 27, of Branch Road, Ilford, was convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Two counts of malicious communication are to lie on file.
Chief Superintendent Matthew Gardner of the DPS said, “Police Constable Joseph Prasad, together with his brother, embarked on a determined and malicious campaign to frame his colleague in an attempt to sabotage her career. Their actions have been thoroughly investigated by the DPS Specialist Investigations Unit and PC Prasad has quite correctly had to face the consequences in a court of law.”