Met officer bought porn on grieving dad's TV while guarding his son's dead body

A police officer who bought X-rated films from a grieving father’s TV account while guarding his son’s body has been jailed for fraud.

Avi Maharaj’s actions caused the distressed dad to wrongly believe his 14-year-old son was watching porn in his final moments before killing himself, a court heard.

The Met Police officer, aged 44, was at Graham and Allison Miller’s home, in Earlsfield, south west London, following the sudden death of their son Harry on February 11, last year.

While waiting alone for the undertaker to collect the body in the property, he purchased £25.96 worth of pornographic content on the family’s Virgin Media account.

The Pc, based in Earlsfield, then attempted to cover up the crimes by falsifying his attendance logs, claiming he left almost two hours earlier than he did.

He also initially denied the allegations when interviewed by police, the court heard, and claimed the backdoor to the property was ‘insecure’.

Maharaj was jailed for 12 months at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to fraud by misrepresentation.

The court heard Maharaj’s guilty plea will end his police career ‘forever’.

In a letter, Mr Miller, said Maharaj’s actions had initially ‘upset’ his image of teenager Harry, adding it ‘made me feel like I didn’t know my own son’.

Sentencing Maharaj at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Deborah Taylor said: ‘All right-thinking people would be appalled by your gross lack of decency and respect in indulging yourself at all in those circumstances.’

Earlier prosecutor Rose Edwin had told Westminster Magistrates Court: ‘On 11 February 2018, following the death of Harry Miller, he was a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide, the defendant attended the address.

‘He was left alone in the address waiting the arrival of the undertaker to remove the body.’

The court heard how he had initially arrived with colleagues just after 10.16pm but was trusted to be left alone in the house around half an hour later.

But Virgin Media data showed Maharaj bought four adult films – one at around 11pm and another after the undertaker had left at 11.42pm, it was heard.

The officer had guessed the account’s pin number, which was set to default settings, the court was told.

‘Subsequently the father of the deceased contacted the police after he had received the bill for the amount of £25.96, which was the cost of the downloaded material,’ said Ms Edwin.

‘The father of the deceased believed his son had been downloading this material downloading this material so he was very distressed.

‘His last impression of his son was that he was downloading this material but then he subsequently discovered it wasn’t.’

Maharaj later claimed he had left the premises at 11.58pm but the police vehicle remained parked outside the address until 1.44am, prosecutor Gregor McKinley said.

Edmund Gritt, mitigating, said the defendant ‘expressed his wholly ashamed apologies to the Miller family’.

‘He acknowledges his conduct was abject and without any thought to possible consequences,’ he said.

Mr Gritt said there will be a special case hearing on September 9 and it was ‘inevitable’ he will be dismissed from the police force.

Speaking when Maharaj was convicted in July, Independent Office for Police Conduct regional director Sal Naseem said: ‘Pc Maharaj’s behaviour was shocking and even more so given he was guarding the property in the absence of the homeowner.

‘Not only were his actions deceitful but he caused considerable distress for the family involved who were dealing with the sudden death of a family member.

‘I am sorry that the family involved had to deal with this while also coping with the tragic loss of their child.’

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