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As 2014 begins, the police look after their own again

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As 2014 begins, the police look after their own again

Post by Tony Bennett on 01.01.14 0:25

WIFE-BEATING policeman jailed for his brutal attacks has been given back his job.

Bullying George Park, 46, was sacked after leaving wife Frances battered and in fear of her life.

But he has now been reinstated following an appeal against the sacking. It had taken the former Strathclyde force more than two years to kick him out after his crimes.

The reinstatement means he is still on the police payroll four years and five months after the attacks – and has raked in about £130,000 for doing nothing.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said yesterday: “PC Park was reinstated following an appeal – although he remains suspended on full pay – and as of today is still a police officer.”

Campaigners and Park’s police colleagues are outraged at the decision to overturn his sacking.

They say the move flies in the face of the force’s “zero tolerance” stance on domestic violence.

The police spokeswoman said the decision to reinstate Park was taken after an appeal hearing before the “office of the chief constable of the former Strathclyde force”.

Former Strathclyde chief Stephen House is now the chief constable of Police Scotland.

In June 2010, Park was convicted by a jury of carrying out three separate attacks on his wife at their home in Ayr and at his parents’ address in the town.

Before the assaults came to light, Park had 17 years’ service and latterly worked at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Ayr sheriff Jack McGowan imposed an 18-month jail sentence but because he had been remanded for more than 10 months, Park walked free.

He then immediately went on the sick from his £36,000-a-year job.

Park was finally sacked in December 2011 after failing to turn up at a disciplinary hearing earlier that month.

He lodged an appeal and remained on the force’s wage list – which means that since he carried out the assaults in July and August 2009, he has drained the public purse of about £130,000.

It is understood his only gap in salary was during the 10 months when he was held on remand.

After the jury returned their guilty verdict, Sheriff McGowan imposed an order forbidding Park from having any contact with his 44-year-old wife.

During the trial, Frances said she was left black and blue after the attacks in her home and – fearing for her safety – went to stay with her in-laws in Ayr.

The distraught woman said: “I knew I had to leave, or I would be dead.”

But Park stormed round to his parents’ home to assault his terrified wife again.

A social inquiry report described Park as “a potentially dangerous individual”.

One police source said last night: “It is incredible that when we are banging the drum about zero tolerance towards domestic violence, someone like Park has been taken back as a police officer.

“In any other walk of public life, once he was convicted of such serious offences, he would have been out the door.

“People have every right to accuse Police Scotland of having double standards.”

Frances was not available for comment but a family friend said: “Frances was shocked to hear that the police have taken back the man who abused her so badly.

“There is a slight silver lining, in that when he retires, Frances will be entitled to half his pension. That is really going to stick in his craw.”

Glasgow Women’s Aid manager Angela Devine said: “We have always been supported by Police Scotland’s domestic abuse task force and are encouraged by the stance they have taken in tackling violence against women.

“We are not party to information on the man in question and do not know how he was reinstated, perhaps something in employment law.

“It would be a concern if this man had been through the court system, then is free to be a police officer who will come into contact with victims of domestic abuse.”


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Post by plebgate on 01.01.14 10:57

Terrible news -  last night there was an advert on asking anyone who thinks domestic violence is happening to report  it.  Reading this report some might well look the other way and think what's the point.

Whoever made the decision should be sacked as well as this thug imo and all of their pensions taken away.


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