Top Dundee cop accused of assaulting child over four-year period


Police Scotland is mired in crisis over allegations of criminality and misconduct on the part of several senior officers, not to mention the illegal Vulnerable Persons Database. Justice minister Michael Matheson has been urged to 'get a grip' of the force.

This particular DCI was in charge of the PPU (Public Protection Unit) in Dundee when the families of children at Kingspark School were reporting unexplained injuries to their disabled children.

Top Dundee cop accused of assaulting child over four-year period

A top Tayside police officer has been accused of assaulting a child over a four-year period.

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Wales is set to stand trial next week at Forfar Sheriff Court.

DCI Wales — who has been involved in a number of prominent investigations throughout his career — has denied assaulting the child.

The 48-year-old has also been accused of subjecting the same youngster to threatening or aggressive behaviour in June.

The police chief, whose address was listed in court as Tayside Police Division headquarters, Bell Street, has also denied this charge.

It’s alleged that between dates in 2013 and 2017, on various occasions, he repeatedly seized the child — who cannot be named for legal reasons — by the clothing before pushing the youngster on the body and on to a bed.

He then allegedly seized the child by the body, pulled the youngster by the body, causing the youngster to fall to the floor to the youngster’s injury.

A second charge states that Wales behaved in a threatening or abusive manner, which was likely to cause a reasonable person fear or alarm, in June this year.

It’s claimed he shouted and acted in an aggressive manner towards the child.

The offences are alleged to have happened at an address in Angus.
See also: Senior Police Scotland officer suspended amid criminal conduct probe

The independent police watchdog is investigating allegations of criminal conduct and gross misconduct.

In a statement, Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone confirmed the suspension of ACC Higgins, who was responsible for operational support, custody and criminal justice.

He said: "I can confirm that Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins was suspended today by the Scottish Police Authority.
"In addition, three other officers have been suspended, and two others placed on restricted duties, by Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick.

"This is in connection with an investigation by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc).