Man sought £1bn over PSNI recruitment

Published Wednesday, 15 May 2013
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A £1bn lawsuit brought against Chief Constable Matt Baggott over the PSNI recruitment processes has been thrown out of court.

Man sought £1bn over PSNI recruitment
Master Bell ruled Morrow's case had no merit. (© UTV)

William John Morrow's claim that "verified criminals" were allowed to join the force has no merit, a judge ruled.

Master Bell said Attorney General John Larkin QC should also be notified for consideration on whether to seek to have Mr Morrow declared a vexatious litigant.

Civil proceedings initiated against Mr Baggott and Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie had sought awards of £1m and £40m.

Acting as a personal litigant, Mr Morrow claimed that the Chief Constable has recruited "verified criminals" into the Police Service of Northern Ireland and has recruited officers from Strathclyde Police.

He claimed it is "scandalous, frivolous, insulting and defamation to replace honest, decent, vastly experienced Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Medal officers with verified criminals".

The defendants applied to have the High Court case struck out for disclosing no reasonable cause of action.

In a ruling published on Wednesday, Master Bell said it was unclear whether the plaintiff considered the verified criminals and officers recruited from Strathclyde to be one and the same.

He held there was nothing in the writ to indicate Mr Morrow has suffered any loss or damage by the recruitment process.

Throwing out the action, Master Bell pointed to the same outcome in previous lawsuits brought by the same plaintiff against police and the Housing Executive.

"Each set of proceedings has caused a considerable waste of public money in defending them, despite the fact that they have been struck out at an early stage," he said.

"I strongly urge the Crown Solicitor to draw the legal proceedings taken by this plaintiff to the attention of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland so that he may consider whether the circumstances in respect of this plaintiff are such that he should make an application to have the plaintiff declared a vexatious litigant."

Once someone is declared a vexatious litigant, they cannot issue legal proceedings without permission.

© UTV News
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waste of monies in bangor wrote (474 days ago):
once again the tax payers have to pay for this mans legal aid, a disgrace to waste all these monies on a stupid claim, he should be made to pay for this.
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