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Thursday, September 24, 1998 Published at 16:39 GMT 17:39 UK


Ex-TV Gladiator and detective jailed

DCI Davies: Bugs in flat revealed his involvement

A former star of TV's Gladiators and a senior policeman have been found guilty of corruption and perverting the course of justice.

The BBC's Kevin Bouquet explains how police discovered the plot
Mike Ahearne, 'Warrior' in the ITV show, and Merseyside detective Elmore Davies - both from Oxton, Wirral - were convicted after a 24-day trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Along with a third man, Tony Bray, 50, of Moreton, Wirral, they were found guilty of plotting to scupper the prosecution of Philip Glennon Junior, who was later convicted of firearms offences.

[ image: Warrior: Acted as a go-between]
Warrior: Acted as a go-between
Detective Chief Inspector Davies, 50, was jailed for five years and Ahearne, aged 37, for 15 months for their parts in the plot. Bray received three years in prison.

Davies, a policeman for 34 years, accepted a £10,000 bribe to try to sabotage the Glennon prosecution.

In July 1996 Glennon aimed a shot at a police officer outside a Liverpool nightclub and was charged with attempted murder.

The BBC's Tim Smith reports on the case
But Glennon had connections with convicted drugs baron Curtis Warren, and money was passed from Warren to Davies, via Ahearne and associate Bray, in return for information crucial to the prosecution's case.

Davies agreed to pass information about the chief police witness in the case against Glennon, the court heard.

Ahearne and Bray were arrested in March 1997, carrying written details about PC Gary Titherington's car and young daughter.

[ image: Curtis Warren: Convicted drugs baron]
Curtis Warren: Convicted drugs baron
The main prosecution evidence was tapes recorded by a bug planted in Davies's flat.

Davies claimed in his defence that he had acted out of concern that Glennon would not get a fair trial - PC Titherington's disciplinary record was being covered up to strengthen the prosecution case, he claimed.

Titherington had also been told to claim - falsely - that he was shot at, Davies alleged.

One police source said Davies probably never expected to be caught - and certainly did not expect his home to be bugged - but was playing a dangerous game with some of Europe's most dangerous criminals.

Ahearne met Elmore Davies in 1992, shortly after he had broken into television.

Davies told the jury that after he was divorced from his second wife, the TV star moved into his flat.

'Sheer greed'

Jailing Davies for five years, Mr Justice Curtis told him his motives had been "sheer greed" and "anger" at being passed over for promotion.

The judge jailed Ahearne for 15 months, telling the one-time Gladiators star he was no judge of honest people.

Mr Justice Curtis told Ahearne: "Your life was entirely taken up with leading a self-indulgent and indisciplined life. I have not the least doubt that you were led into these crimes by Elmore Davies."

But, he added, Ahearne had continued with his eyes open and had accepted the £10,000 from Anthony Bray for Elmore Davies.

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