Police officer attacked his PC wife and punched colleague three times after suspecting pair were kissing at their force Christmas party, tribunal hears
- Dyfed-Powys police officer given final written warning after incident at party
- Panel heard officer pushed his wife and punched colleague three times in head
- The officer lost his temper after he thought the pair were kissing at staff party
A furious policeman attacked his police officer wife and a colleague after suspecting the pair were kissing at their force Christmas party, a tribunal heard.
The married police officer was arrested for punching his colleague three times and pushing his wife in the bust-up in a crowded bar.
All three were off-duty at their annual police Christmas bash when the drunken row flared in a Coyote Ugly bar.
A disciplinary hearing was told the festive celebration turned to violence when the officer believed his colleague was kissing his wife inside the bar.
A police officer pushed his wife and punched a colleague three times in the head after he thought pair were kissing at force Christmas party at Coyote Ugly in Swansea, a tribunal heard
He then went over and assaulted both – pushing his wife and punching the male officer in the head three times in front of shocked Christmas revellers.
The festive bust-up was caught on CCTV in the Coyote Ugly bar in Swansea, South Wales, showing the officer hitting his colleague three times in the head.
Stephen Morgan, presenting barrister for Dyfed-Powys Police, said: ‘The officer accepted, having seen the footage, that he had assaulted his wife and his colleague.
‘He thought that another officer was kissing his wife. He went over intending to push him away but ended up punching him.
‘He did not instantly react. He said he wanted to take stock and there was a slight pause.
‘When he did go across he acted out of mad, drunken chivalry. He thought he was protecting his wife.’
The officer – who wasn’t named to protect the identity of his victims – was arrested by another off-duty member of the force and taken to Swansea Police Station in a taxi.
The hearing was told how ‘surprising it would have been for those at the station to see two fellow police officers turning up with one having arrested the other.’
An investigation was carried out by Dyfed-Powys Police but no further criminal action was taken against the officer.
Over the Christmas period last year his force were promoting two anti-violence campaigns – one trying to clamp down on domestic violence and one called Just Walk Away urging people to think before acting on nights out.
Mr Morley said: ‘There were two victims and one of them was his wife and this brings in an element of domestic abuse.’.
Colin Banham, representing the officer, told the misconduct hearing in Carmarthen the officer had previously given excellent service as part of his role and his actions were ‘totally out of character’.
He also added that the officer had shown remorse and was a ‘very well-respected’ member of the force who had previously been nominated for an award.
The officer admitted his actions amounted to gross misconduct.
The Dyfed Powys police officer was handed a final written warning after admitting to a disciplinary panel his behaviour at the staff Christmas party amounted to gross misconduct
‘Joining Dyfed-Powys Police was an immensely proud day for me – since the first day I started I loved being a police officer,’ he said.
‘I want to say how deeply sorry I am for this incident. I have put my family and friends through a traumatic experience and I deeply regret my actions that night.
‘It’s difficult to put into words how remorseful I am.’
His charge read: ‘Whilst off duty and socialising in a public place, it is alleged that Officer A has physically assaulted their spouse, who is also a Police Officer.
‘During the same incident Officer A is also alleged to have assaulted a second off-duty officer.
‘It is alleged that Officer A’s use of force in a licensed premises against the two individuals is a breach of the Discreditable Conduct Standard of Professional behaviour.’
Hearing chair James Vaughan, chief constable of Dorset Police, said he considered the officer’s record of service and the numerous character references.
Addressing the officer, he added: ‘You have accepted that your behaviour and conduct fell below what is expected by Dyfed-Powys Police.’
Chief Constable Vaughan ruled the officer should receive a final written warning – the highest available punishment to hand down apart from dismissal and will remain on the officer’s record for 18 months.