A South Yorkshire Police detective has been sacked for beating a burglary suspect with a shoe – with two colleagues also fired for lying about the incident.
A three-person panel found Det Con Chris Hanson beat Lee Stott while he was handcuffed and being restrained as he attempted to find out the location of a car the suspect had stolen the night before.
Hanson had described the allegation against him as a ‘complete lie’, while Stott told the hearing he was unsure whether he ‘might have dreamt’ the incident at his flat on Brightmore Drive in Netherthorpe, Sheffield.
But the hearing was also told Stott, who later admitted the burglary, had injuries consistent with being hit with a shoe during the incident on August 30, 2014.
PCs Chris Cheung and Trevor Roberts were also dismissed for lying about the incident in their statements.
Neil Bowles, from South Yorkshire Police Federation, said the men – who all denied any wrongdoing – intend to appeal the panel’s findings.
“They are disgusted at the decision and disappointed –and they have got to face their families,” he said.
He said the appeal process is unlikely to be completed until next year.
Mr Bowles said the CPS had already reviewed the case against the officers before the misconduct hearing and ruled there was insufficient evidence to proceed with criminal charges.
When the hearing in Chapeltown opened in June, CCTV footage was shown of officers kicking their way into Stott’s flat.
The officers had said in their original statements that the door had been opened for them by Stott’s girlfriend, Gail Sykes.
DC Hanson admitted during the hearing he had forced entry into the flat but said he had not mentioned it in his statement as he did not consider it to be relevant to the burglary and theft allegations.
He said he considered the entry to be lawful and came about due to ‘delaying tactics’ by Stott’s girlfriend Gail Sykes in allowing officers into the flat and because they heard the ringing of a stolen iPhone that had been taken from the same house as the car the night before.
The officer said claims by Stott that he had ‘defensive’ injuries on his wrist due to being attacked were false.
He said Stott had been rubbing his handcuffs together while speaking with officers.
Stott pleaded guilty to burglary in February 2015 and is currently in prison.
During the hearing, barrister Stephen Morley, for the force’s professional standards department, said DC Hanson and PC Cheung claimed Stott told them his injuries came from falling over in a park.
He said: “We say that is dishonest evidence, trying to explain away injuries they knew were caused by DC Hanson striking Mr Stott and PC Cheung holding the handcuffs as he was being struck.”
The arrest happened at 9am on August 30, 2014– just hours after Stott had stolen an iPhone, iPads and a Honda Accord car from a house in Sheffield.
The iPhone was traced to Stott’s address, leading to officers going to his flat.
But Stott said the officers had got ‘a bit mad’ as they attempted to find out where the stolen car was.
Stott said DC Hanson started hitting him with his trainer that was on his bedroom floor.
He said: “I got hit with my shoe. He wanted to know where the stolen car was.”
Stott said he was only wearing his boxer shorts while being hit and had shouted ‘Stop hitting me’ at DC Hanson.
A police spokesman said: “All three officers were dismissed. All of the allegations against them were found to be proven.