Policeman Who Killed Wife Formally Dismissed

26 February 2016, 14:25 | Updated: 26 February 2016, 14:27

Northamptonshire Police Officer Adrian Goldsmith has today been dismissed without notice after a fast track misconduct hearing found he had committed gross misconduct having breached the standards of professional behaviour.

Mr Goldsmith, who wasn't at the hearing, was convicted at Stafford Crown Court on 29 Jan 2016 of the murder of his wife, Jill.

The hearing was chaired by Chief Constable Simon Edens where Mr Goldsmith was formally dismissed from the force.

His conviction for murder was found to be a breach of the police’s Code of Conduct, specifically, honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct. In his absences, Goldsmith was represented by his Police Federation advocate, who offered no mitigation.

In dismissing Goldsmith, Chief Constable Simon Edens, said:

"The first thing I want to say is to express my own sympathies to the family and friends of Jill Goldsmith, who so violently lost her life.

As chief constable, I am responsible for leading an organisation that is committed to protecting people from harm. We are particularly committed to protecting people from violence in their own homes. 

As an officer of Northamptonshire Police, PC Goldsmith represented the force, and his actions were a gross betrayal of the force’s values as well as society’s standards.

His actions leave me with no other conclusion than to say he is not fit to be a police officer and is therefore dismissed without notice from the police service."