Wiltshire policeman faces sack for cell attack on woman

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BBC News - Wiltshire policeman faces sack for cell attack on woman


A policeman 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.
'Completely disgraceful'

Ms Somerville 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.

Assistant Chief Constable Patrick Geenty said: "We've had no other complaints like this, of this severity in custody in Wiltshire. So it's a completely disgraceful incident.

"It's one that we are appalled about and it's one that we will learn the lessons from."

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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When he goes to jail he'll get 'looked after'. :mad:
 

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he wont go to jail mate, he`ll stay on full pay, then they`ll quietly dismiss him and he`ll get a bit of community service or something............i`ll guarantee it.
 

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she probably 'fell' out of his hands and he tried to 'catch' her as she fell, albiet the position of the camera made it look like he threw her to the ground!!!!!!!
maybe she tripped on his size 11 boots, or the floor was slippery and did'nt show up on the camera. be interesting to hear the excuses in this one
 

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Fcuking coward ! probably hides when they arrest someone who could hit back, Shameful
 
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