Racist Met Police officer jailed for sending racist slurs to his ex

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Racist Met Police officer jailed for sending vile racist slurs to his ex about her new boyfriend is revealed

  • Disgraced PC Thomas Phillips arrived at court yesterday with his face covered
  • Images of Phillips – both in and out of uniform – now reveal the cop’s identity 

A Met Police officer who sent his ex-girlfriend racial slur-filled WhatsApp messages about her new boyfriend has now been pictured – despite his attempts to arrive at court for sentencing yesterday with his face fully covered.

Images of PC Thomas Phillips, 34 – both in and out of uniform – now reveal the identity of the disgraced cop who was sentenced to 71 days in prison Friday morning.

Phillips, attached to the Met Ops team, sent five ‘grossly offensive’ WhatsApp messages to his ex-partner, PC Samantha Ryan, during the period 8 April and 8 May 2021.

From Croydon, south London, Phillips referred to Ms Ryan’s new boyfriend, also a police officer, a ‘n****r pr**k’ and a ‘mongrel sp**e’.

He originally pleaded not guilty to five counts of sending an offensive message by public communication network, but later changed his plea to guilty on 26 July this year.

Tom Phillips is pictured

Disgraced PC Tom Phillips

Phillips (pictured), attached to the Met Ops team, sent five 'grossly offensive' WhatsApp messages to his ex-partner, PC Samantha Ryan, during the period 8 April and 8 May 2021.

Metropolitan Police officer Thomas Phillips, covering his face, arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court, London, for sentencing Friday

Phillips, wearing a green shirt and beige trousers, remained emotionless Friday morning as he was sentenced to 71 days in prison, he will serve half of his sentence in prison before serving the remainder on licence.

District Judge Louisa Ciecióra also sentenced Phillips to a two-year restraining order restricting him from contacting both PC Samantha Ryan and PC Danny Gobin directly or indirectly.

Louise Oakley, prosecuting, told Westminster Magistrates Court Friday morning: ‘The defendant and the complainant were in a relationship from around 2017 for a number of years.

‘There were clearly issues of consumption of alcohol where behaviours would change and suggestions of the defendant becoming arrogant and using behaviours that would belittle Ms Ryan.

‘It was clearly incidents of aggression and arrogance that were the background to this defendant and the deterioration [of] the relationship, I think best summarised, if I may, in a cycle of aggression then normality, aggression then normality.

‘During that protracted and acrimonious separation in 2020-2021…the crown submits the defendant became suspicious of Ms Ryan’s relationship with another man.’

The court heard Ms Ryan’s new partner was another serving Met Police officer PC Danny Gobin.

Phillips (pictured) originally plead not guilty to five counts of sending by public communication network, an offensive message, but later changed his plea to guilty

From Croydon, south London , Phillips (pictured) referred to Ms Ryan's new boyfriend, also a police officer, a 'n****r pr**k' and a 'mongrel sp**e'.

Phillips, from Croydon, south London, initially denied but then admitted five counts of sending an offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing message contrary to the Communications Act 2003

Ms Oakley said, ‘It is clear that in April and May of 2021 there was an exchange of WhatsApp messages, and a number of those messages were, the crown say, as a result of this defendant’s conduct, grossly offensive, and plainly directed at her relationship with Mr Gobin.’

The court heard five messages were sent to Ms Ryan by Phillips that contained deeply offensive and racist material, with messages referring to Mr Gobin as a ‘n—er p—k’ and a ‘mongrel sp—e’

Another message sent by Phillips on 8 April 2021 said, ‘He’s black, you’re ginger with a nice arse, he is genetically drawn to you.’

Phillips was interviewed by police in response to the content of those messages, at the time Phillips denied sending any of the messages, instead stating Ms Ryan had ‘manufactured’ the conversation, that she had access to his phone and pin, and that she must have sent the messages to herself from his phone.

Reading a victim impact statement from court this morning Ms Ryan said ‘I would like to address why I didn’t report the offence initially…mostly because I was scared what would happen if I challenged Tom either in text or in person.

‘I felt I couldn’t [report the messages] as I was trapped by the fear of what Tom would do to me if I reported it.

‘I have felt like a failure as a police officer and a good person.’

Ms Ryan’s partner Danny Gobin, a Met Police Officer of ten years, also read a statement in court this morning, he said ‘The word ‘n—er’ sends a physical shock through my body…it made me feel physically sick, I associate this word with the slave trade.

‘He’s not only insulting those of my background but those he took an oath to protect.

‘I just question why anyone would use this term to a describe a human being…only ignorant and small-minded people would use these words it’s just vile.’

The court heard five messages were sent to Ms Ryan by Phillips (pictured) that contained deeply offensive and racist material

Phillips (pictured) previously denied, before admitting five charges of sending a message that was 'grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character'

Passing sentence this morning Judge Ciecióra told the court ‘Serving police officers are expected both on and off duty to reflect the values of society to protect those who are vulnerable.

‘You breached those principles and I do find your conduct brought the police force and wider criminal justice system into disrepute.

‘I also note your racist comments included not only what could be termed obvious racial slurs, but they targeted appearance and stereotypes of criminality, it went far beyond lashing out in the context of a broken relationship.

‘The probation officer says your language and actions demonstrate you harbour those core beliefs of racial hatred as well as misogyny.’

Members of Phillips’ family wept from the public gallery as he was sentenced to 71 days in prison this morning.

Phillips previously denied, before admitting five charges of sending a message that was ‘grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character’.

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