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Met Police PC faces sack after buying porn on grieving family's TV

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A police officer is facing the sack after paying to watch porn on the TV of a family whose child had died.

PC Avi Maharaj, who was based in Earlsfield, was waiting for an undertaker in the family’s home when he made the £25.96 purchase.

The 44-year-old was the only person in the house during the incident in February 2018.

An investigation by the Independent Office of Police Complaints found he may have falsified his attendance log to cover his actions.

PC Maharaj pleaded guilty to one count of fraud at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 16.

He is due to be sentenced on August 6.

IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: “Pc Maharaj’s behaviour was shocking and even more so given he was guarding the property in the absence of the homeowner.

“Not only were his actions deceitful but he caused considerable distress for the family involved who were dealing with the sudden death of a family member.

“Our investigation showed that Pc Maharaj was the only person in the property who could have downloaded access to pornographic channels at the time the account was accessed.

“Today he has admitted his guilt under the weight of compelling evidence. I am sorry that the family involved had to deal with this while also coping with the tragic loss of their child.”

A misconduct hearing – which could spell the end of Maharaj’s career – will be scheduled after sentence.

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