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Former Wiltshire PC insists innocence at Old Bailey trial
5:12pm Wednesday 16th July 2014 in News
A former Wiltshire Police constable accused of offering to sell a story to The Sun has accepted the evidence against him was "compelling", but insisted he was innocent.
While working for the force in 2010, Darren Jennings, 41, asked the newspaper for £10,000 in exchange for information about a "womanising and bullying" colleague, Sgt Mark Andrews, the Old Bailey trial has heard.
Under cross-examination in the witness box, he denied the suggestion that Sgt Andrews was the "root and branch cause" of all his problems at the force.
The twice-married father-of-two has said he did not give The Sun details about Sgt Andrews and other colleagues and maintained that he was "set up" by someone else.
Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow asked: "Don't you agree when you look at it and stand back, it does look like you are guilty, doesn't it?"
Jennings replied: "The evidence against me does seem compelling evidence. Even though it is compelling I will still stand here today, tomorrow, and next year and deny the allegations put before me, because I'm innocent."
He admitted he had made "a catalogue of errors" but was not guilty of the offence he was accused of.
Mr Glasgow went on: "You say that somebody else has got you into trouble for this. Somebody has a sufficient grudge against you that they have deceived the press and now the police. Somebody else has done it and made it look like you have done it?
"That person must be a police officer. We have all these officers who are willing to help - is there a single name you would like them to investigate to see if there is any evidence that might prove your innocence?"
Jennings replied: "I will name every single person in Wiltshire Police."
The prosecutor asserted that even though Jennings had tried to cover his name, the phone and computer evidence in the case "all came back to you".
Jennings, of Saffron Walden, Essex, denies misconduct in a public office.
The trial continues.