Detective who trapped the Yorkshire Ripper gets six-month sentence

PoliceOne Staff Report
(YORKSHIRE, England) - The detective who coaxed a confession out of the Yorkshire Ripper began a six month jail sentence yesterday for illegally using a British national police computer to run a record check for a private investigator, the Guardian reported.

Detective Inspector John Boyle, who got Peter Sutcliffe to confess to the Yorkshire murders in 1981, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office. Another officer, James Burrell, who gave Boyle access to the computer, also pleaded guilty to the same charges and was jailed for 15 months.

According to the British newspaper, Boyle, who freelances for various private detective agencies, persuaded Burrell to give him the information by selling him discount liquor.

The legendary detective, who has been retired for 31 years, was caught by undercover detectives in a sting operation.

Two officers approached Manchester-based investigator Nitin Patel and Bradford-based private investigator Javid Butt and successfully bought information accessed through police computers by Boyle and Burrell, the Guardian reported.

For his efforts, Boyle has earned as little as #10 and #20 per search.

Butt was sentenced to 4 months and Patel to two months for their roles in accessing the private information.

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