Welsh police officer faces jail after framing ex as armed criminal

South Wales police officer, 24, faces jail after wrongly accusing his ex-girlfriend of drug dealing and killing an Albanian gangster after she dumped him when he cheated on her

  • PC Abubakar Masum, 24, from Swansea will be sentenced next month
  • He accused Mia Pitman, 23, of being an armed criminal after she dumped him
  • Ms Pitman was arrested by armed police while stacking shelves in Tesco
  • Cardiff Crown Court found Masum guilty of two counts of perverting the course of justice and unauthorised access of a police computer 
  • A jilted South Wales police officer from Swansea is facing jail for trying to frame his innocent ex-girlfriend — by secretly lying that she was an armed criminal. 

    PC Abubakar Masum, 24, wrongly accused Mia Pitman, 23, of a string of crimes in anonymous tip-offs after she dumped him.

    University student Ms Pitman was arrested by armed police while at her part-time job stacking shelves in the Swansea Marina Tesco.

    Her student digs were raided as officers searched for a gun.

    South Walkes police officer Abubakar Masum, 24, from Swansea began making false claims about his ex-girlfriend Mia Pitman, 23, after she broke up with him for cheating on her. He accused her of shooting dead an Albanian gangster, hiding a gun in her garden, and plotting murders. Pictured on his way to Cardiff Crown Court

    South Walkes police officer Abubakar Masum, 24, from Swansea began making false claims about his ex-girlfriend Mia Pitman, 23, after she broke up with him for cheating on her. He accused her of shooting dead an Albanian gangster, hiding a gun in her garden, and plotting murders. Pictured on his way to Cardiff Crown Court

    Cardiff Crown Court heard that Masum was ‘obsessed’ with Ms Pitman who ended their relationship after she learned he had been seeing another woman.

    After she broke up with him Masum began making ‘false, untrue and malicious’ claims against her and other men in anonymous calls to Crimestoppers.

    Ms Pitman, a criminology student who wanted to enter the police force, was accused of shooting dead an Albanian gangster, hiding a gun in her garden, and plotting murders with Tesco colleagues.

    Mr Hughes said in one call Masum reported: ‘Mia Pitman is storing is a handgun on behalf of Leon Croucher. He is a known Class A drug dealer.’

    The call went on to say that Ms Pitman and her workmate Mr Croucher ‘planned to shoot’ a man who allegedly owed them drug money.

    Ms Pitman, a criminology student who wanted to enter the police force, was arrested by armed officers while working in the Swansea Marina Tesco. Her student home was also raided by 20 armed officers. Pictured on social media

    Ms Pitman, a criminology student who wanted to enter the police force, was arrested by armed officers while working in the Swansea Marina Tesco. Her student home was also raided by 20 armed officers. Pictured on social media

    Mr Hughes said Ms Pitman and Mr Croucher were arrested mid-shift by armed police while working at the Tesco store in Swansea Marina.

    Another 20 armed officers raided her student home to look for a gun after the bogus anonymous tip-off.

    The court heard an investigation was launched into Masum after police began to suspect the repeated calls against Ms Pitman were ‘malicious’.

    Mr Hughes said detectives realised some of the information in the reports would only have been made available to serving South Wales Police officers or members of the criminal underworld.

    After being arrested Masum admitted making all of the calls but said they had been made ‘in good faith’ from real posts he witnessed on Ms Pitman’s Snapchat.

    Mr Hughes said: ‘He felt he had to make the reports because he feared for his own safety.’

    Masum, of Swansea, denied two counts of perverting the course of justice and unauthorised access of a police computer.

    He was found guilty following a two week trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

    Following the verdict his barrister Graham Trembath QC asked for Masum to be given bail so he could complete a house sale but Judge Michael Fitton remanded him in custody.

    He told Masum: ‘The nature of the offence means it is inevitable you will be met with a substantial sentence of immediate imprisonment. Put in a nutshell, I don’t trust you.’

    He will be sentenced next month.