Policeman who downloaded porn while guarding dead kid’s body sacked

A Metropolitan Police officer jailed for using a grieving dad's TV to buy porn while waiting for an undertaker for his 14-year-old son has been sacked by the force.

Pc Avi Maharaj, 44, used the dad's TV account to download four adult clips while at the house in south London on February 11, 2018, after teenage Harry Miller killed himself at the address.

He was jailed for 12 months last week after pleading guilty to fraud by misrepresentation at an earlier hearing.

Scotland Yard said Maharaj was dismissed without notice on Monday following a misconduct hearing, when his actions were found to amount to gross misconduct.

Maharaj was supposed to be guarding the house and waiting for the undertaker to take the body away when he used the family's Virgin Media account to download pornography worth £25.96.

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He then falsified his attendance logs, claiming he left the property almost two hours earlier than he really did as part of a bid to cover up his actions.

Sentencing Maharaj at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, Judge Deborah Taylor said: "All right-thinking people would be appalled by your gross lack of decency and respect in indulging yourself at all in those circumstances."

When Harry's grief-stricken dad was first been billed for the adult material, he thought it must have been his son who was responsible.

Rose Edwin, prosecuting Maharaj, said: “The father of the deceased believed his son had been downloading this material so he was very distressed.

“His last impression of his son was that he was downloading this material but then he subsequently discovered it wasn’t.”

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Edmund Gritt, defending, said Maharaj "wishes to make wholly shamed apologies to the Miller family".

“His conduct was abject," he added.

“What a little reassurance they may have is that without question his career as a police officer has ender.”

Paying tribute to his son, Harry’s dad said: “Harry was the most gifted, brilliant, loving big brother and son.

“He had strong political values and always wanted to stand up for the underdog.”

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