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Wednesday, August 5, 1998 Published at 18:27 GMT 19:27 UK


Police chief 'changed sides for money'

DCI Davies: Accused of helping the man who shot at his colleague

A police detective agreed to sell information about the prosecution of a man charged with the attempted murder of a colleague, using a star of the television show Gladiators as a go-between, a court has heard.

Detective Chief Inspector Elmore Davies, 50, of Merseyside police, was trapped after fellow officers agreed to bug his flat, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

[ image: Ahearne: The alleged go-between who passed information from DCI Davies to a criminal gang]
Ahearne: The alleged go-between who passed information from DCI Davies to a criminal gang
On the opening day of the trial, the prosecution alleged Davies was the corrupt police officer at the end of a chain that led back to a criminal gang run by Curtis Warren.

Warren - currently in jail in Holland - was the brother-in-law of Philip Glennon Jr, who was accused of shooting a policeman outside a Liverpool nightclub two years ago.

Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, told the court Mr Glennon fired a gun at a doorman and at PC Gary Titherington after being thrown out of the Venue nightclub in the city's Tuebrook area.

Glennon was charged with attempted murder.

The court heard that the case against DCI Davies was that he "did his best to undermine the prosecution of the man who had been charged with the attempted murder of a policeman from his own station".

Davies passed information about PC Titherington to the Curtis Warren gang via Gladiator Mike Ahearne - known to TV viewers by his stage-name "Warrior".

[ image: Bray: Accused of being part of the 'corrupt chain' between Davies and the gang]
Bray: Accused of being part of the 'corrupt chain' between Davies and the gang
Davies, 37-year-old Ahearne and a third man, Anthony Bray - also 37 - are jointly charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. The three are also accused of corruption.

The jury heard that after a distinguished career Davies "did his best to undermine the prosecution of a policeman from his own station and he did it for money".

Ahearne, who Mr Joyce said the jury might recognise from TV, was "the conveyer, go-between, runner if you will, from his friend the chief inspector to the criminal gang who were seeking to get young Glennon off".

[ image:
"Warrior": Ahearne as he appears in TV's Gladiators gameshow
There was a chain of information: "The chief inspector gives information to Mike Ahearne who gives information to Bray who passes it on to someone who can use it."

The jury heard that Ahearne agreed with Bray to supply information in return for money. Around March last year Bray gave him 10,000. A few days later Ahearne passed back to him information received from DCI Davies. To cover their meetings Davies pretended Bray was acting as a police informer.

[ image: Davies' flat was bugged by officers from his own force]
Davies' flat was bugged by officers from his own force
In December 1996 Merseyside police bugged Davies' home. The recordings showed, said Mr Joyce, Davies talking about the prosecution case to Ahearne. He allegedly told the TV star that the main evidence against Glennon was from PC Titherington, and even spelled the name out to make sure Ahearne got it down correctly.

The prosecution also alleges that Davies said he had discussed the case against Glennon with the Crown Prosecution Service and had tried to get them to drop it.

"The whole tenor is that Mr Davies changed sides for money," said Mr Joyce. "The other two are the runners between Elmore Davies and Curtis Warren."

The trial was adjourned until Thursday.

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