Maharaj used the family’s Virgin Media account to make a £25.96 pornography purchase. (Photo: MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)


A police officer who downloaded a grieving family’s television account to download pornography was on Thursday (5) jailed for 12 months.

PC Avi Maharaj used Graham and Allison Miller’s television account to access the material after the death of their 14-year-old son Harry on February 11 last year.

Maharaj used the family’s Virgin Media account to make a £25.96 pornography purchase as he waited for the undertaker to take the body.

Miller had initially thought his son had downloaded the videos.

Maharaj, of Hayes, had earlier admitted to one count of fraud by false representation.
Judge Deborah Taylor, sentencing, said: “The family were vulnerable, traumatised by the loss of their son, and trusted you to guard their house.

“Your actions led them to a false understanding of their son’s last hours and greatly exacerbated their grief and suffering.

“It is impossible to overstate the affront of your behaviour that night, in a house where the tragic death of a young boy had occurred, and in the presence of his body.

“All right-thinking people would be appalled by your gross lack of decency and respect in indulging yourself at all in those circumstances, let alone deviously, and at the expense of the bereaved parents.”

The officer also faces a disciplinary hearing next Monday that could put an end to his career.