After a tribunal found her removal of possessing child abuse images was unfair, a senior policewoman who was once projected to be Scotland Yard’s first black commissioner was reinstated.
Having been charged with having child pornography, Acting Chief Superintendent Novlett Robyn Williams was fired and placed on the sex criminals register in 2019.
According to her trial at the Old Bailey, the 55-year-old cop made a “serious error of judgment” when she did not report a child molestation video that her sister had sent her to examine.
Miss Williams refuted seeing the video during her trial, though prosecutors noted that after the footage was sent, Miss Williams texted her sister, “Please call.”
Williams was found guilty of owning an indecent photograph in November 2019 after prosecutors stated that she had a legal responsibility to report her sister for sharing the video.
She failed her appeal against her conviction in February of this year, and she was also fired from the Met for serious negligence.
After a police appeals tribunal concluded on Wednesday, June 16, that her discharge was ‘unfair’ and ‘unreasonable,’ the senior Scotland Yard officer is now set to return to duty. Miss Williams was not sentenced to prison because a judge noted it was a “complete tragedy.” It was clear that she did not have the image for sexual satisfaction.
‘I am extremely pleased with today’s outcome.” Miss Williams said: ‘I am delighted to be able to return to the work I love, serving our communities within London.’
The policewoman had an outstanding career in uniform before the prosecution, receiving the Queen’s Police Medal twice and scores of other honors, including one for combating gang activity.
Victor Marshall, the professional standards coordinator for the Police Superintendents’ Association, said: ‘We have continued to support Robyn since the original allegations against her were made. We are pleased that today’s panel agreed that her dismissal was unreasonable in light of the complex circumstances surrounding her conviction.”
However, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball was concerned that because of Williams’ guilty verdict, “members of the public would not have faith in Superintendent Williams would protect them or have faith in the police.”
Williams’ first misconduct hearing was led by Assistant Commissioner Ball, who concluded last year that the senior cop’s “disgraceful act” represented serious wrongdoing and that she should be fired without warning.
‘Williams was in a position of responsibility both on and off duty, and her failure to act was very grave. This could have led to further harm to that child in the video.” Ball said. ‘It is unacceptable for police officers enforcing the law to break the law themselves.’
According to the Met Police, the tribunal decided that Ms. Williams’ dismissal should be substituted with a final formal warning. “We await the full judgment. Once received, we will then consider the ruling and engage with Ms. Williams’ representatives accordingly”, said Met police.