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Policeman jailed for cell attack on woman

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-11214026

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A police officer has been jailed for six months 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, 59, through Melksham police station in Wiltshire.

Andrews, 37, was convicted of causing her actual bodily harm. He has been suspended from duty and will face a police misconduct hearing.

Patrick Geenty, from Wiltshire Police, said he was "a disgrace" to the force.

Ms Somerville was arrested in July 2008 after being found asleep in her car.

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Andrews is set to face a police misconduct hearing

Cell assault woman tells her story

She had been detained for failing to provide a sample for a breath test but denied any wrongdoing. The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence.

Ms Somerville was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath after the attack and needed stitches to a gash above her eye.

Andrews was found guilty on 13 July after a trial at Oxford Magistrates' Court.

Passing sentence, Deputy District Judge Peter Greenfield said Andrews had abused his position of trust and only a custodial sentence was appropriate.

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Didn't think he would get jailed even tho he deserves it. Hes gonna get abused hard.

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oh well bad luck, pissed pissed pissed

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lol @ her tryna walk out the interview room though. wtf.

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Hope he get a warm reception in the ol brick house

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On a similar note, there were fed at Silver street all the way to Turkey street today searching people coming off the train

Looks like somebody has been wrapped on the 2nd day of school

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Justice is f*cked

What about the boydem that murdered the old guy at G20 and he died but he dont even go pen

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there need 2 be more examples of this crime being punished

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ah yeah sentences yesterday

kinda surprised by the jail time but pleased

cant have that sh*t happening with no repercussion

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Justice is f*cked

What about the boydem that murdered the old guy at G20 and he died but he dont even go pen

truss

look at them tryna make out that there's justice, they ain't fooling no one

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wouldn't suprise me if they somehow got him some protection in there through a few links.

makes me laugh how this 1 thing gets caught on cctv but so much more happens without being caught on camera.

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LMFAO @ me actually thinking justice would be served

i apologise man, i dont know what i was thinking

A Wiltshire policeman convicted of assaulting a woman in custody has been cleared on appeal.

Sgt Mark Andrews, of Wiltshire Police, was filmed dragging Pamela Somerville through Melksham police station in July 2008.

The officer was found guilty of causing her actual bodily harm and jailed for six months in September.

Sgt Andrews spent six days in prison, but was released on bail pending the appeal at Oxford Crown Court.

The appeal judge, Mr Justice Bean, said after the four-day hearing he was satisfied that Sgt Andrews did not intend to throw Ms Somerville into the cell and that injuries she suffered "were probably caused by her falling to the floor after letting go of the door frame".

'Unpredictable prisoner'

She had been arrested for failing to take a breath test but was never prosecuted.

After Sgt Andrews won his appeal, Wiltshire Police announced that an independent force would hold an internal conduct hearing into the officer's behaviour in early December.

Sgt Andrews told the appeal hearing that Ms Somerville, 59, was the most unpredictable prisoner he had ever come across and that she had been abusive to both him and his colleagues.

The court was shown CCTV footage in which he is seen throwing her on to the cell floor. A minute later she staggers to her feet, with injuries to her face and eye.

Sgt Andrews told the court: "I don't think I did anything wrong.

"She had been holding on to the cell door frame when she suddenly let go.

Insufficient evidence

"It was like pulling a cork out of a bottle."

Ms Somerville was arrested after she was found asleep in her car near her Colerne home and had been detained for failing to provide a sample for a breath test.

She denied any wrongdoing and the charges against her were later dropped due to insufficient evidence.

Sgt Andrews' barrister Jeremy Barton had put it to her at the appeal court that she had been so drunk on vodka the night the incident happened that she was an unreliable witness.

Mr Barton also suggested that she had refused to take a breath test because she knew how drunk she was.

Ms Somerville denied both of these claims.

Sgt Andrews was suspended on full pay following his conviction and had been expected to lose his job.

Following his conviction, Assistant Chief Constable Patrick Geenty said he was "a disgrace" to the force and added: "There is no place in Wiltshire Police for an officer like this."

Mr Geenty said at the time he fully supported the comments of the trial judge, Deputy District Judge Peter Greenfield, who said the officer had "presided over an atmosphere of bullying and intimidation upon Ms Somerville".

Following Sgt Andrews' conviction being quashed, Mr Geenty said due to the high-profile nature of the case the result of the conduct hearing into the officer's behaviour would be made public.

He said: "Sgt Andrews will remain suspended from duty until the conduct hearing and in accordance with national police regulations he will continue to receive full pay for as long as he remains a member of the force.

'Disciplinary hearing'

"Although this appeal hearing has concluded that no criminal offences had been committed we are determined to learn any lessons that emerge from this case and we welcome the fact that the Wiltshire Police Authority has commenced its own independent review of our custody practices."

In a statement a Wiltshire Police Authority (WPA) spokesman said: "I said at the time of the initial conviction that I thought this was an appalling but isolated incident.

"I now need to look carefully at the judgement as I looked carefully at the CCTV footage. It would not be appropriate for me to say more at this stage."

He said the disciplinary hearing will proceed as previously planned and an independent review into custody arrangements in Wiltshire was almost complete.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-11787126

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smh man can go back to his job and make p from his appeal f*ck the police head top ting if sh*t reaches peak

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LOL They are above the law. The law is f*cked.

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