Tribunal dismisses police constable’s claim

 PC had told a hearing that she felt she had been the victim of “a witch hunt”.

A police officer who was hit with allegations that she had parked in a disabled parking space while fetching cakes for her colleagues has lost her Employment Tribunal case.

Simina Muntean had launched legal proceedings against West Midlands Police claiming she had been a victim of race discrimination, victimisation and detriment for whistle-blowing.

The 36-year-old, who joined the force in 2009 and originally jails from Romania, had told a hearing last summer that she felt she had been the victim of “a witch hunt”.

In 2016, the PC was threatened with prosecution over the alleged parking incident.

Tribunal chairman David Perry said: “PC Muntean accepted she had parked her marked police vehicle in a public disabled parking bay to buy cakes from a shop.

“The cake shop was said to be approximately a five-minute walk from the police station so, in any event, there was no necessity to park there.

“It transpires PC Muntean regularly bought cakes for colleagues essentially as a forfeit as she was sometimes late for the start of shift briefing. It was not clear if this was such an incident.

“We find that PC Muntean was told that she would be issued with a fixed penalty notice.”

The Tribunal had heard that the officer had also faced criticism over allegations of abusive language during a domestic incident and for her handling of a separate case, regarding a rape.

The Judge ruled that the Claimant’s complaints were “not well-founded” and dismissed the case.

The PC, who continues to work for the force in West Bromwich, is understood to be considering an appeal against this month’s ruling.