A POLICE officer from Southport has been jailed for repeatedly punching an arrested man.
Constable Darren McIntyre has been sentenced to 19 months in prison for the assault.
McIntyre punched Mark Bamber at his home in Cherry Road, Ainsdale, in June, 2019.
The 47-year-old was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, July 16 of Section 47 assault and perverting the course of justice.
The court was told how Mr Bamber was repeatedly punched by McIntyre “in temper and in anger.”
Three other officers (Constables Garrie Burke, 44, from Maghull, Laura Grant, 36, from Waterloo, and Lauren Buchanan-Lloyd, 26, from Higher Bebington,) were sentenced in May for perverting the course of justice.
While the assault took place, Grant and Buchanan-Lloyd turned off their body-worn cameras.
McIntyre was sentenced to four months for the assault and 15 months for the charge of perverting the course of justice.
The arrested man was not charged and was later released.
Following the sentencing Deputy Chief Constable Ian Critchley, said: “Firstly, I would like to apologise to the victim for the actions of these officers and assure him that these officers do not represent the vast majority of the officers and staff who do uphold the high standards we, and the public, expect of our officers and staff.
“Constable McIntyre has not only let himself down, he has also let down his colleagues within the force who are committed to providing a professional service, and the communities we are there to protect.
“It is absolutely disheartening for those within the force who give their all day-in-day out and now they will be working harder to prove that his actions, and the actions of his three colleagues to cover it up, are not reflective of the force they serve.
“A number of colleagues did raise concerns in relation to the actions of these officers on the night and following the incident and I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the strength of those people in coming forward and doing the right thing.
“It is vital that people can have the confidence to speak out when there has been wrongdoing and are supported by the organisation and are able to uphold the high standards that we expect of our officers and staff across the force.
“We have also introduced a confidential reporting application to enable officers and staff to challenge conduct which falls outside of the standards of professional behaviour.
“This appalling incident should not in anyway overshadow the outstanding service provided by the majority of my colleagues every single day, and as such I would like to reiterate my sincere apology to the victim of these officers' criminal behaviour.”
The four officers will have to face internal misconduct proceedings.