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Assault Case Police Sergeant Wins His Job Back
A police sergeant who was sacked despite being cleared of assaulting a woman in a custody suite must be given his job back, a High Court judge has ruled.
Sgt Mark Andrews was jailed in 2010 for assaulting 60-year-old Pamela Somerville, then had his conviction quashed on appeal.
He was sacked by Wiltshire Police but an appeals tribunal ordered him to be reinstated.
On Friday, the High Court rejected the force's application for a judicial review of the tribunal ruling.
In his judgement Mr Justice Ouseley said he expected the order for reinstatement made by the tribunal to be implemented "with full regard to its conclusions, and the failure of this unarguable challenge".
Wiltshire Police said it had been a "lengthy legal process" and one which was "necessary and right" to follow.
Chief Constable Pat Geenty said he did not believe it would be reasonable or proportionate to pursue the case further.
"The Police Appeals Tribunal accepted that Mark Andrews' actions were intolerant and discreditable and I felt they were a disgrace - there was no place in Wiltshire Police for this behaviour then nor is there now.
"While I believe the Police Discipline Panel's decision to dismiss Mark Andrews was correct, I accept the legal authority which states he must be reinstated."
Mr Andrews' trial had been shown CCTV footage from July 2008 in which he is seen dragging Ms Somerville across the floor of Melksham police station and throwing her on to the floor of a cell.
She had been arrested after she was found asleep in her car.
Police claimed she was detained for failing to provide a sample for a breath test.
She denied any wrongdoing and the charges against her were dropped due to insufficient evidence.