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    Default Wiltshire policeman faces sack for cell attack on woman

    OTT if you ask me.

    A police officer is facing the sack after he was caught on CCTV throwing a woman into a cell, badly injuring her.

    The footage also shows Sgt Mark Andrews dragging Pamela Somerville through
    Melksham police station in Wiltshire.

    Ms Somerville, 59, was arrested in July 2008 after being found asleep in her car. Her treatment left her with facial injuries and needing hospital care.

    Andrews has been convicted of causing the woman actual bodily harm and is expected to be dismissed from his job.
    Ms Somerville had been detained for failing to provide a sample for a breath test.

    She denies refusing to provide a sample and said the charges against her were later dropped.
    She said: "I thought I was going to die, by people that you trust.
    "You can't imagine it. They're the people that you trust, so who do you trust after that?

    "You don't treat somebody - even if you've found them guilty of the worst possible thing you can possibly imagine - you don't put them in a situation where they have to be in hospital twice in one day, do you?"

    The case was brought after one of Andrews' colleagues reported the matter to senior officers, who have apologised to Ms Somerville.
    Wiltshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable Patrick Geenty said it was a "completely disgraceful incident".

    "We are very concerned when anyone is injured in our custody and the court has decided that this injury was as a result of a criminal assault by Sgt Mark Andrews, a member of Wiltshire Police who was performing duty as a custody sergeant at the time," he said.

    "We respect the decision of the court and the force has formally apologised to the injured lady for the assault she suffered while in our care.
    "People have a right to expect that the police will always act by placing the safety and welfare of the public as their first priority.
    "This is particularly so when in police custody when irrespective of the reason for their detention, people should feel and be safe."

    Andrews, who has been suspended on full pay since his conviction, is due to be sentenced for the assault at Oxford Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. He is also to face a police misconduct hearing.

    BBC home affairs correspondent Steve Brodie said he understood that the officer would be sacked.

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    Default Re: Wiltshire policeman faces sack for cell attack on woman

    What they save in getting rid of him will be paid out as compo no doubt. Will he lose his pension too, they get good pensions don't they?

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    Default Re: Wiltshire policeman faces sack for cell attack on woman

    yeah they get amazing pensions,a mate of mine is 44 been a copper 20 years and his pension is worth £175k now!

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    Default Re: Wiltshire policeman faces sack for cell attack on woman

    It is OTT but I would like to hear the policeman's story about all of this.

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    Default Re: Wiltshire policeman faces sack for cell attack on woman

    Quote Originally Posted by ZX7R View Post
    It is OTT but I would like to hear the policeman's story about all of this.
    Wouldn't the courts have heard his side of the story, are court case records available?

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    Default Re: Wiltshire policeman faces sack for cell attack on woman

    If any other public sector employee acted in that way they would be sacked on the spot. Has anyone noticed that he seems to be punching her - around the 19-20 second mark.

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    Default Re: Wiltshire policeman faces sack for cell attack on woman

    disgusting

    sacked definitely

    can she prosecute him / can he be criminally charged?

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    Default Re: Wiltshire policeman faces sack for cell attack on woman

    Quote Originally Posted by tigger3 View Post
    Wouldn't the courts have heard his side of the story, are court case records available?

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    In that case, yes. Need to find them so I can have a nose.

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