A senior Metropolitan Police Commander accused of shouting at staff, calling a pregnant colleague a ‘f****** nutter’ and running his force as a ‘boys club’ also approved invalid expenses for alcohol and air travel, a disciplinary hearing has heard.
Paul Martin, West Area Borough Commander, for Ealing and Hounslow, is facing gross misconduct charges along with two other male officers.
Ch Supt Martin is also accused in approving thousands worth of pounds in his own invalid expenses claims on the card Sergeant James Di-Luzio, an officer who reports to him.
The commander used the derogatory slur in a conversation with a colleague, which was secretly recorded and played during Monday’s disciplinary hearing.
Matthew Butt, QC, a barrister, stated that Ch Supt Martin acknowledged using the words in the recording, but that they were ‘taken from context and decontextualised’.
Mr Butt said: ‘He apologised for calling the female colleague a ‘f****** nutter’. Although he admits his comments were not ideal, he denies discriminating against her.
Ch Supt Martin allegedly claimed more than £5,500 in expenses while using a card owned by Police Seargeant James Di-Luzio on alcohol, travel insurance and flight upgrades on a week-long trip to a policing conference in Florida.
Chief Superintendent Paul Martin (pictured) has been accused of multiple misdemeanours including calling a pregnant colleague a ‘f****** nutter’ and approving invalid expenses for alcohol and air travel
At the time, his line manager was only aware he had claimed £105.98 on expenses.
The panel was informed by Mr Butt: “He accepts that Sgt Di-Luzio’s credit was used on the Florida trip.” [but]He denies that he knew it was embossed in his name and claims it was a genuine error.
He strongly denies appraising his own expenses. He acknowledges that Florida expenses were not appropriate.
Ch Supt Martin faces accusations of gross misconduct, along with two other male officers – Chief Inspector Davinder Kandohla and Sergeant James Di-Luzio .
If the allegations prove to be true, then their “dismissals” will be justified, the panel heard.
However, all officers denied gross misconduct.
The hearing in London also heard that three male officers are accused running a boys club’ that degraded female constables.
Ch Supt Martin allegedly told a colleague that her predecessor had failed his loyalty tests and that colleagues had to be loyal to him, or face the consequences.
He was told that he would ‘bellow’ demands that one junior female colleague make his tea, porridge, and wash up the bowl.
It is also alleged Kandohla called one colleague who told an officer he had seen him in a pub with a junior female officer a ‘c**t’ and said he wanted to ‘sort it out in the locker room’.
Di-Luzio was often rude, dismissive, and would shout at his colleagues, telling them he wanted to’make PCs cry.’
The hearing, which will last until December 3, will continue.
MailOnline reached out to the Metropolitan Police for comment.