Resort cop jailed after covering up horrific assault on innocent man

A Southport cop who repeatedly punched an innocent man before trying to hide the damage has been jailed.

Darren McIntyre, 47 of Derwent Avenue, landed repeated blows to the head and ribs of Mark Bamber, leading to him finally being jailed for 19 months.

Judge Aubrey, QC said to McIntrye: “You became angrier and angrier and the red mist descended and I am satisfied you repeatedly punched him in temper and anger.”

The court heard how two of McIntyre’s colleagues switched off their body-worn cameras midway through the unprovoked attack at the Ainsdale home of the victim’s partner.

PCs Garrie Burke, 44, of Holmefield Grove, Maghull; Laura Grant, 36, of Somerville Grove, Waterloo; and Lauren Buchanan-Lloyd, 26, of Kings Close, Higher Bebington; were convicted of perverting the course of justice.

After 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.

“I am very proud of Merseyside Police Officers and staff, none more so than over the last 18 months where colleagues have put the public and communities first , protecting communities during the challenges faced by a global pandemic.

“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.”

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