Police officer jailed for downloading porn on grieving father’s TV

Maharaj downloaded porn while guarding a body

Thursday, September 5, 2019

A Metropolitan police officer has been sentenced to a year in jail for using a grieving father’s television account to download pornography while guarding the body of a 14-year-old.

Avi Maharaj downloaded four adult clips whilst at a south London property where a boy had been found hanged as he waited for an undertaker to arrive.

He used the family's Virgin Media account to download pornography worth £25.96, and subsequently falsified his attendance logs in a bid to cover up his actions.

The downloads led father Graham Miller to believe his son had accessed the pornography before his death, Southwark Crown Court heard.

In a letter, Mr Miller said Maharaj's actions had initially "upset" his image of his son, claiming he felt as though he did not know his child.

Mr Miller only realised his son was not responsible when he contacted the media provider and was told what time the clips were downloaded.

Prosecutor Gregor McKinley said data showed four adult films were downloaded between 11pm and 11.42pm, costing £6.49 each.

He said Maharaj claimed he left the premises at 11.58pm but the police vehicle remained parked outside the address until 1.44am.

At sentencing, 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."

Mitigating lawyer Edmund Gritt said the defendant "expressed his wholly ashamed apologies to the Miller family".

Maharaj pleaded guilty to fraud by misrepresentation at Westminster Magistrates' Court on July 16.

The court heard Maharaj's guilty plea will "terminate" his police career "forever".

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