Widow devastated after husband’s colleague blames her for his suicide

The widow of a Sydney policeman has told of her devastation at receiving messages from her husband's colleague blaming her for his suicide.

NSW Police Sergeant Tom Galvin took his own life in 2013, and in 2017 his name was added to the wall of remembrance.

But his wife, Kimberly, has revealed she last month received a text message from one of his colleagues still serving at Penrith Police Station blaming her for his death.

"It was like that person was trying to make me feel that I had murdered my husband," Mrs Galvin said.

Police sergeant Tom Galvin took his own life in 2013. Source: 7 News

"This is hard, this is very hard."

The messages read: "How does it feel to be the person who pushed a broken man over the edge? Hang your head in shame."

Mrs Galvin's daughter was also called insulting names.

The officer behind the messages won't be named.

A police officer has blamed Kimberly Galvin for her husband's suicide. Source: 7 News

The NSW Police Professional Standards Unit won't investigate the matter further, citing Lindt Café siege gunman Man Haron Monis's case in the High Court in a letter to Mrs Galvin. Monis sent abusive letters to the families of dead soldiers.

Mrs Galvin said the officer in question "should be removed from their position and definitely (have) their firearm removed".

In a statement, police said the officer has twice been counselled for sending the messages, but no criminal offence was substantiated.

Man Haron Monis. File pic. Source: 7 News

It added: "In an effort to be transparent police provided the relevant case law reference to outline why criminal action was not being taken".

In short: the reference to Monis was unfortunate and not intended to cause offense.

For support and information about suicide prevention, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

Mr and Mrs Galvin. Source: 7 News