Met policeman who stole £80 from handed-in wallet sacked from force

A misconduct hearing was held for Mohammad Ghalayini on Wednesday  (PA Archive)
A misconduct hearing was held for Mohammad Ghalayini on Wednesday (PA Archive)

A Metropolitan Police officer has been dismissed without notice for stealing £80 from a wallet that had been handed in.

Former PC Mohammad Ghalayini was sentenced to 22 months’ imprisonment in October and ordered to pay to £3,000 in costs after the missing cash was reported by another Met staff member.

Following an accelerated misconduct hearing on Wednesday he was dismissed without notice as his actions were found to have breached the standards of Discreditable Conduct and Honesty and Integrity.

Actions like this “understandably undermine confidence in the police”, Detective Chief Superintendent Caroline Haines said.

The theft was reported by another Met staff member who discovered that £80 was missing from the wallet.

Ghalayini was arrested in March 2021 following an investigation, and charged in October that year.

Ghalayini, previously attached to North Area Command Unit, was found guilty of theft and perverting the course of justice at Southwark Crown Court on September 29.

DC Haines, who is responsible for policing in North Area which includes Haringey and Enfield, said: “PC Ghalayini, following his imprisonment, has now also been rightly dismissed without notice following his dishonest and deceitful actions.

“It is really important that people have more trust in us, but actions like this understandably undermine confidence in the police. Across the Met we are working to clear out those who corrupt us and let down the public.”

Ghalayini will now be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing.

Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies (PCCs), the Independent Office for Police Conduct or Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.