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Senior police officer cleared of mortgage fraud in just 20 minutes

A senior police officer accused of mortgage fraud has been cleared after a jury took just 20 minutes to find him not guilty, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Chief Inspector John Buttress, a senior officer in the Greater Manchester Police, had been accused of fraudulently obtaining a residential mortgage for a second property in North Wales, which was subsequently let out for holiday rentals.

The property had been purchased with Buttress’ wife Andrea in 2007, with a joint residential mortgage from Intelligent Finance.

Following the couple’s divorce, Buttress purchased his ex-wife’s share of the property and applied for a remortgage, which the prosecution alleged had been obtained fraudulently as he did not mention he intended to rent out the property.

However, the jury returned a not guilty verdict after just 20 minutes of deliberations.

Detective Chief Constable Ian Hopkins says: “We fully respect the jury’s verdict. GMP will always take allegations about its staff seriously and where necessary will carry out criminal investigations.

“The public have a right to expect that allegations regarding the integrity of serving officers are properly explored and tested.”

The report also states that Buttress could still face an internal disciplinary hearing. 

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  • J Avert 16th January 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Unlike others I do know the full story. Phil Castle is totally correct. It would have been a travesty of justice if the jury had not acquitted him.

  • Sascha Klauß 16th January 2015 at 4:36 pm

    @Phil Castle: But easy to get a judge who knows how to instruct a jury to ensure that they will reach the correct decision *cough*. And easy to choose jurors of the sort who have unquestioning respect for “authority figures”, and will look sympathetically on a brave bobby who risks his life making sure we can all sleep soundly in our beds and has just made a trivial error with his paperwork *cough*. Is there no help for the widow’s son?

  • Phil Sipocz 16th January 2015 at 4:20 pm

    @ Phil C.

    Twas a little joke!

    However, there is a good chance that the Judge, the Barristers involved and the defendant all “know” each other.

    A Jury can be manipulated by the Judge (through direction) and if the prosecution case was presented “poorly” then Bob’s yer Uncle. Or even, Lodgemaster!

  • Random Bloke 16th January 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I am shocked and horrified at “Hampshire Yokel’s” comment, Why wouldn’t a senior police officer have a”wife” called Andrew? The days of rampant homophobia in the police force and now thankfully gone and are well and truly are behind us.
    On the substansive issue It really can’t have been much of a case for a jury to chuck it out in 20 minutes, though if his wife really was called Andrew this could of course be a result of a conspiracy even more sinister than the freemason: It could be the secretive “gay freemasons” a shadowy clique who are widely believed to have secretly ruled Britain for 300 years.

  • joe average 16th January 2015 at 3:06 pm

    should’ve applied for a Leeds B.S holiday let mortgage…. naughty buttress.

  • Phil Castle 16th January 2015 at 3:03 pm

    @Colin Cloy – Do you know the full story and did you sit in on the whole court case?

    I certainly didn’t.

    If you didn’t, then to pass judgement yourself in a public forum is a bit risky of you to now say “other landlords who wish to fraudulently…..” he was acquitted by a jury of his peers and in our legal system that is how it works.

    @ Phil S, What has it to do with freemasons? It is pretty difficult to make sure you’ve got a jury full of freemasons I would have thought! p.s. I am not one….

  • Ben Wall 16th January 2015 at 2:59 pm

    a) you’ve got to wonder how this got out

    b) what a waste of time and money, whilst he’s in breach of the contract it hardly warrants a court case.

  • Colin Cloy 16th January 2015 at 2:15 pm

    It was still an incorrect application what ever the jury thought!

    Manchester Police were right to bring their employee to justice as it sends a message to other landlords who wish to fraudulently borrow money in order to rent properties.

  • Phil Sipocz 16th January 2015 at 2:06 pm

    The Freemasons at work again?

  • Hampshire Yokel 16th January 2015 at 1:56 pm

    His wife, ‘Andrew’ – should that be Andrea?