ANOTHER NAMED PERSON

Married policeman who had a ‘volatile’ sexual affair
with a murderer’s lawyer while supporting the victim’s grieving
relatives is sacked 

  • Peter Surgay, 42, was appointed family liaison officer following murder
  • Job was to support family of Clifford Collinge, who was beaten to death
  • But relatives did not know he was having affair with murderer’s lawyer
A
married policeman has been sacked after having an affair with a
murderer’s lawyer as he supported the victim’s grieving family. 
Detective
Constable Peter Surgay, 42, was appointed family liaison officer after
Clifford Collinge, 61, was beaten to death with a guitar and metal clamp
at his home in Warsop, Nottinghamshire, in 2011.
However,
his relatives did not know that he was in a ‘volatile’ sexual
relationship with solicitor Deborah Bell, who was representing killer
Stephen Shreeves.
Clifford Collinge, 61, was beaten to death with a guitar and metal clamp at his home in 2011

Clifford Collinge, 61, was beaten to death with a guitar and metal clamp at his home in 2011
 Detective Constable Peter Surgay, 42, was appointed family liaison officer following the murder, which took place at Mr Collinge's home in Warsop, Nottinghamshire (pictured) 

 Detective Constable Peter Surgay, 42,
was appointed family liaison officer following the murder, which took
place at Mr Collinge’s home in Warsop, Nottinghamshire (pictured) 
Shreeves, 44, was one of two men found guilty of murder in July 2012 and was jailed for life at Nottingham Crown Court.  
Surgay
was sacked from Nottinghamshire Police after he was found guilty of
gross misconduct by failing to notify his superiors about his
relationship with Ms Bell.
A police misconduct panel heard the relationship was kept secret as Surgay’s wife also served with the same force. 
During
the two-day hearing at Nottinghamshire Police headquarters, the panel
was also told Surgay and Ms Bell had been on holidays to California,
Cornwall and Dublin together during the affair.
Delroy Henry, chairman of the police misconduct panel, said: ‘His dishonourable conduct is serious. 
‘What we are looking at here was a course of conduct not for one day, for one week, but years.
Stephen Shreeves (left) was one of two men found guilty of murdering Mr Collinge in July 2012 and was jailed for life

The victim's wife Charlotte Collinge was at first convicted of murdering her husband but later acquitted following a retrial

Stephen
Shreeves (left) was one of two men found guilty of murdering Mr Collinge
in July 2012 and was jailed for life. The victim’s wife Charlotte
Collinge (right) was at first convicted of murdering her husband in 2012
but later acquitted following a retrial last year
A sash clamp which was one of the weapons used in the murder of Mr Collinge

A sash clamp which was one of the weapons used in the murder of Mr Collinge
‘A failure to be open and honest is clear – his conduct was so serious as to warrant dismissal.
‘Det Con Surgay knew there was potential compromise or conflict of interest.
Mr Collinge suffered 46 injuries including a fractured skull when he was murdered 

Mr Collinge suffered 46 injuries including a fractured skull when he was murdered 
‘It
is the covert nature of the relationship and the desire to keep it such
which is the potential compromise or conflict of interest.’
Surgay told the panel that they met over drinks with colleagues but insisted work was ‘not a subject we discussed’.
He said: ‘She said to me, ‘Oh yes, I’ve got one of the suspects’ and I just said, ‘Oh right’. 
‘For the 90 per cent of the time we were friends, not sexual partners.
‘The times that it did happen we were both intoxicated. It changed our friendship into something that caused arguments.
‘Sex
wasn’t a thing that happened a lot between me and Deb. There were times
when we were alone together and advances were made by Deb.
‘We often made the agreement that we would continue as friends but that line would sometimes be blurred.’ 
Mr
Collinge suffered 46 injuries including a fractured skull when he was
murdered in his home in Warsop, Nottinghamshire, in October 2011. 
The
victim’s wife Charlotte Collinge was at first convicted of murdering
her husband in 2012 but was later acquitted following a retrial last
year.

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