Former MK police chief’s behaviour was “despicable”, misconduct hearing is told

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Former MK police chief Gez Chiariello, was “unquestionably guilty of despicable, deplorable and shameful behaviour,” a misconduct hearing has heard. 

A verdict is expected shortly on the hearing, which could cost the Superintendent his job and his career.

Prosecutor Gerard Boyle QC told how the former area commander for MK waged a personal war against a former lover after they split up.

He described how Mr Chiariello got a close female friend to pretend to be a reporter from the Sun newspaper to spread malicious lies about his ex-girlfriend.

Mr Boyle described Chiariello as a liar, adding that when interviewed about his behaviour “he lied over and over again.”

The public misconduct hearing, held this afternoon at Thames Valley Police headquarters, heard that Supt. Chiariello made numerous phone calls to close woman friend referred to as “Miss B” persuading her to pretend to be from the Sun.

After making the calls to his ex-girlfriend’s potential new boss, Miss B sent a message to the police chief saying: “”Got her! They are worried. Said all the things we talked about.”

Mr Chiariello , who is currently suspended form his job, replied: “Can’t wait to get an update on that. Perfect timing with me being in with the legal team.”

Earlier Miss B had told Mr Chiariello in a phone message: “I can’t wait for her to experience even a tiny piece of what she done.” He then replied: “It starts with MK Act, next her job, then the press.”

Mr Boyle told the hearing: “The facts show that the officer (Supt. Chiariello) had an express determination to cause Miss A (his ex-lover) damage.”

He said Mr Chiariello ordered his friend Miss B to “monitor” his ex-lover’s Facebook messages every 15 or 30 minutes.

In one message to Miss B, he said: “You have to realise how important it is to monitor her. Unless busy it needs to be every 15 to 30 minutes.” 

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable has currently retired from the hearing to consider whether Mr Chiariello should be instantly dismissed from the Force.