Police officer drank up to 15 pints on night out then assaulted colleague

A police officer has been found guilty of assaulting a colleague after drinking 13 to 15 pints of beer.

Magistrates heard PC Darren Mabbott grabbed and pushed PC Robert Smith during a night out in Matlock, Derbyshire.

Mabbott claimed Mr Smith was about to assault him after ‘invading his personal space’ at Monk Bar on April 29 last year.

But Mr Smith said Mabbott was sitting on a stool and ‘looked really vacant and distant’.

He said: ‘I was concerned about him. I asked him if he was OK. He looked really upset and angry. I wanted to make sure he was alright. I put my hand on his right shoulder.’

Mabbott replied ‘leave it’ and according to Mr Smith said the word ‘outside’.

‘He stood up and put one hand around my throat and he took one of my arms and wrapped his arm around it to stop it from moving,’ Mr Smith said.

‘He’s then taken me off my feet onto my tiptoes, forcibly, aggressively and unprovoked. It’s taken me completely off guard. He hurt me.’

Mr Smith said Mabbott went outside and looked directly at him through the window in ‘a confrontational stare’ to initiate a fight.

According to Mr Smith, Mabbott sent a text the next morning apologising, but he did not reply.

‘It was really awkward. At that point I had already informed my line manager about what happened that night,’ Mr Smith said.

In his evidence, Mabbott claimed when Mr Smith put his arm around him it was a ‘headlock’ manoeuvre.

Mabbott said: ‘I was fully aware of what I was doing, I was merry but I was not drunk, my decision was not impaired by intoxication.

‘I thought I was about to be assaulted. I had been telling him to go away. I just wanted to remove myself from the situation. I honestly thought I was going to be assaulted.

‘I grabbed him and pushed him in an attempt to get him out of the way. Rob was constantly smiling. I put my arm out and said “you’re pathetic”.’

Mabbott, of Chapel-en-le-Frith, was found guilty of common assault.

He was handed a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £750 prosecution costs and a £22 victim surcharge.

A polcie spokesperson said: ‘Following the conclusion of the trial involving PC Darren Mabbott the force will now be reviewing misconduct proceedings in relation to the incident.

‘PC Mabbott remains removed from frontline duties.’

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