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Cancer lie ex-police officer faces character reference probe

Rachel Hewitt
Image caption Hewitt admitted lying to colleagues about her daughter's health

A judge has adjourned the case of an ex-police officer who lied about her child having cancer, so her character references can be investigated.

Rachel Hewitt, 39, of Pontefract, West Yorkshire took time off work after lying about her daughter having cancer.

She was due to be sentenced at Hull Crown Court after earlier admitting fraud and misconduct in public office.

Judge Simon Jack said if her character references were not genuine she could face a further charge.

'Practised liar'

Speaking to Hewitt's barrister, Heidi Cotton, and referring to the references, the judge said: "The picture they present is completely at odds with the offences your client has committed.

"Since your client is a convincing and practised liar, I find it difficult to take at face value."

The judge said if it transpired they were not genuine, a possible charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice could be brought.

Former North Yorkshire Police officer Hewitt, of Ash Grove, South Elmsall, claimed she had to miss work because her daughter needed chemotherapy and an operation to remove a tumour.

The charges relate to the period between January 1 2009 and October 10 last year.

She was granted bail and told she would be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on 6 July.

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