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Police sergeant who assaulted woman jailed for six months


A police sergeant who assaulted a woman in a police cell was today jailed for six months.

Horrifying  CCTV footage showed Sergeant Mark Andrews dragging Pamela Somerville, purchase then 57, look across the floor of Melksham police station, medical in Wiltshire. She was pushed roughly into a cell and needed stitches to a head wound. Ms Somerville, who is just 5ft 2 compared to Andrews 6ft 3, later said she feared she would die. She had been arrested having been found sleeping in her car.

Passing sentence, deputy district judge Peter Greenfield said Andrews, 37, had abused his position of trust and only a custodial sentence was appropriate.

“In my view, you presided over an atmosphere of bullying and intimidation upon Ms Somerville which culminated in the cell later that morning.

“I regard that a gross breach of trust placed upon you by Ms Somerville. I consider that right-thinking members of the public will be appalled and totally saddened by your actions as a police officer.”

Andrews had been suspended on full pay after his conviction and is expected to lose his job.

So he should.

See full story Guardian online

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