'Don’t show anyone... I’ll get in s***': Police officer couple JAILED after horrific acts at murder scene

A constable and his police colleague wife shared video footage taken at the crime scene of a murder investigation. Cameron Lee Hanson, 33, was a serving officer at Lancashire Constabulary when he attended an address in October 2021 and found the body of 45-year-old James O’Hara.

Hanson recorded the horrific discovery at the property in Barrowford, Lancashire, on his body-worn video, but minutes after he left he sent police civilian worker Kirstie Hanson, 33, audio messages about the incident and used his personal phone to take videos of Mr O’Hara.

The following morning Kirstie Hanson asked fellow civilian worker Charlotte Riley, 30, if she wanted 'to see video from a murder', Manchester Crown Court heard.

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Riley replied: “Yeh, of course I do,” and Kirstie Hanson sent her the footage with the message: “Don’t show anyone that, I’ll get in sh**”

Two days later, Kirstie Hanson was working in Darwen Police Station when she approached two other colleagues and showed them her husband’s recording of the body. The colleagues reported the matter to their superiors and an inquiry was launched.

Prosecutor Matthew Conway said: “It was with the unrestrained dignity of an individual who had sadly lost his life that this investigation first came to light. This event prompted the arrests of Kirstie and Cameron Hanson and the seizure of their devices. When those devices were analysed a raft of misconduct was discovered, together with the involvement of Charlotte Riley.”

The investigation uncovered an incident in February 2021 in which Cameron Hanson was called to a sudden death and messaged his wife: “Just a potential murder."

He took a photograph of the deceased whose body was covered by a coat and sent it Kirstie Hanson who replied: “Babyyy that’s creepy. I hope that’s not your coat.”

She forwarded the image to her mother while she was at work and both discussed potential causes of death, the court heard.

Other misconduct revealed included unauthorised access to police computer systems, disclosure of private and sensitive information, and 'mockery of vulnerable members of the public', said Mr Conway.

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All three defendants pleaded guilty at earlier hearings to misconduct in a public office, while the Hansons also admitted unauthorised access to a computer. Kirstie Hanson and Riley also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to secure access to computer material.

On Thursday (May 30), Cameron Hanson, of Packington Brook, Oswaldtwistle, was jailed for 32 months, Kirstie Hanson, of the same address, was jailed for 18 months, and Riley, of Carholme Avenue, Burnley, received a 12-month sentence suspended for two years.

Last April, Michael Hannan, 32, was jailed at Preston Crown Court for five years and four months for the manslaughter of Mr O’Hara who he punched in an unprovoked stranger attack.

Mr O’Hara’s mother Janice read out a victim personal statement from the witness box at Manchester Crown Court about the impact of Cameron Hanson’s actions.

She said: “I can’t comprehend why anyone, let alone a serving police officer, could carry out such an atrocity. Jay was our son and a brother, a funny, charismatic character, a beautiful human being, who Pc Hanson and others have so cruelly and thoughtlessly degraded.

"They have stripped our son of the dignity he deserved in death, it dehumanised him, all for some morbid curiosity or some form of warped bragging rights. The profession requires personnel with honesty, integrity, compassion and respect, and Pc Hanson and his colleagues showed none of those values to us or to our son. They are a disgrace to the police force but more importantly a disgrace to humanity.”

Judge Nicholas Dean KC, the Honorary Recorder of Manchester, told the defendants: ” We have heard the moving statement of Mrs O’Hara. Hearing her I hope you felt the deep sense of shame that you ought to feel. This is a shocking and disturbing case. Shocking and disturbing for what it might tell us about the culture that appears to have existed for a period of time at least within Lancashire Police.

“It is hard to know how much more widespread this sort of activity was but it seems to me to be clear, in part because of the casual way you shared information, that this was not something that was necessarily unusual in your workplace.

“You were all subjected to some rules. Rules relating to the obtaining and dissemination of information but above all rules of basic decency. You disregarded those formal rules and the rules of basic decency. You, Cameron Hanson and Kirstie Hanson, indulged in a course of conduct extending over a significant period of time.

“You showed no sign in your messaging of any compassion for the people you spoke about or the victims whose photographs you took and distributed. On the contrary sometimes you made positive fun of people who were vulnerable and in physical distress.”

The various offences took place between January 2019 and November 2021, the court heard. Among the offences were two counts of unauthorised access to the police computer log by Cameron Hanson to an ex-partner, one of which in February 2020 involved the discovery of a body in a canal.

The ex-partner messaged him: “Are you at work? Fill me in on the body in the lock” and an off-duty Hanson replied: “lmao (laughing my a** off) I’ll have a gander when I’m in later ha ha.”

In January 2021, Hanson sent his wife a phone recording of body worn video taken by him when he used Pava incapacitant spray on an individual known to have mental health difficulties. He messaged her: “Two arrests, both fights. Pavad a mental health patient lol.”

Kirstie Hanson replied with a laughing emoji and wrote: “Thought you weren’t allowed to pava them.” Cameron Hanson said: “Tis questionable but justified in this case ha ha.”

In June 2021, Cameron Hanson attended an incident where a male was sectioned under the Mental Health Act who he made an audio recording of. He texted his wife: “On an ambulance with a nutter. This guy is crazy. Big Mother F***er. Having to stand over him whilst he’s cuffed and strapped in cause he so aggressive. Don’t know if you can hear him. Chunnering on about Jesus and his grandma being the Queen.”

Kirstie Hanson replied: “What a weirdo.” Cameron Hanson then messaged: “Turns out this guy has ptsd from abandonment issues after his dad left his family.”

In August 2021, Cameron Hanson was assaulted in a fracas and during the altercation struck a man over the head with some handcuffs, the court heard. He then took photographs on his phone of the injuries the man sustained which Kirstie Hanson then forwarded on to Riley.

Riley texted Kirstie Hanson: “Jesus Christ. Go on Cam lad.” Kirstie Hanson replied: “Made a mess didn’t he.” Riley responded: “Well that’s what you get innit. What a f***ing muppet that guy is.”

In October 2021, Cameron Hanson messaged his wife after he attended a report of a sexual offence and also gave her the location. He wrote: “Rape. Some guy got through a window and raped a woman while her husband sat crying like a little bitch.”

David James, representing Cameron Hanson, said his client wanted to apologise to his victims and their families. He added: “He was emotionally ill-suited to such a difficult and stressful job.”

Patrick Cassidy, for Kirstie Hanson, said she was 'deeply ashamed' and had since undertaken a university course on law and ethics as a 'manifestation of her reflective state of mind in order to learn'.

Patrick Williamson, defending Riley, said she too was ashamed and added: “Her family are frankly horrified and annoyed at her behaviour.”

Lancashire Police said all three defendants resigned their positions during the course of its investigation.

Det Ch Insp Eugene Swift, of the force’s anti-corruption unit, said: “The behaviour of these three individuals has no place in Lancashire Constabulary and damages public confidence and trust in the police at both a local and national level. My thoughts are with the victims of this offending and I hope today’s outcome will give them some sense of justice.

“I want to be clear that the overwhelming majority of police officers and police staff in Lancashire are law abiding, respectful and go to work to make a difference in the communities in which they serve.”

Deputy Chief Constable Sam Mackenzie said: “This case will understandably leave the public feeling concerned and I know both serving and retired officers and police staff will be left feeling appalled and let down by the behaviour of these three individuals.

“For Lancashire Constabulary, one instance is one too many and detracts from the hard work and commitment to protecting the public that our police officers and staff demonstrate on a daily basis.”