Female cop faces jail for lying that her ex-sergeant lover was ‘relentless bully’ who 'tortured and traumatised' her | The Sun

A DISGRACED cop is facing jail after she falsely claimed her ex-sergeant lover was a controlling "bully" who tortured her.

Amanda Aston, 43, said the fake abuse she suffered from Matthew Taylor caused her hair to fall out and made her feel like a "lesser" person.

The trained domestic violence mentor said the sergeant would grab her throat during sex and left her "tortured and traumatised" with his gaslighting, abuse and stalking.

Her cruel lies saw Matthew remanded in custody for two months after he was charged with controlling coercive behaviour.

His ordeal, which included losing his job with Surrey Police, only came to an end when his own mum turned detective and proved her son was innocent.

Aston has now been convicted of two counts of perverting the course of justice and one charge of fraud.

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Maidstone Crown Court heard the couple first met in October 2016 while they were both part of uniformed response units.

Matthew was married at the time and later left his wife to move in with Aston.

The court was told that while the relationship was "undoubtedly unhealthy and argumentative", Aston's claims consisted of "demonstrable untruths and distortions of the truth".

Following a row at a wedding in 2017, Aston reported Matthew to the police for coercive behaviour.

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He was charged and released on bail under the condition he did not contact Aston.

Despite this, she "actively and enthusiastically encouraged" Matthew to do so before reporting him for alleged breaches of his bail terms.

She also gave him tickets to a jazz club for his birthday and told him she "loved him more than anything in the world" – all while compiling a lengthy witness statement aimed at destroying his life and career.

Due to countless bail breaches engineered by Aston, Matthew was arrested again and spent two months in prison, locked in a cell for 23 hours a day.

He was also dismissed from the force following a misconduct hearing.

The sergeant had given all his social media accounts to his mum, whose sleuth work managed to prove Aston's constant contact with Matthew and the case was eventually dropped.

Aston's elaborate web of lies unravelled as a 700-page dossier of texts that "entirely undermined and completely contradicted" the cop emerged.

What she had branded "graphic and depraved" sexual remarks that made her "retch" were found to be just one comment about a custody sergeant wanting to "get in her knickers".

After analysing more than 23,000 social media and phone app messages between her and Matthew, police found she had misled officers and lied about the abuse.

It was also established Aston had made a false application for a £5,000 grant from the Police Welfare Fund.

She claimed she had suffered financial hardship as a result of having to move home several times due to Matthew's alleged behaviour.

Aston was warned she faces a jail term when she is sentenced on May 22.

Chief Superintendent Tom Budd said: “The guilty verdict today follows a challenging and complex investigation against one of our serving officers which uncovered the web of lies Aston had constructed purely because she knew the impact it would have on Mr Taylor.

"As well as having to serve time in prison, Mr Taylor also lost his job as a police officer and his reputation was left in tatters as a result of her lies.

“The messages between them showed that she was telling him one thing – that she didn’t want to support a prosecution and that she loved him and couldn’t live without him – while she was telling police something completely different by saying he had contacted her and turned up at various locations unwanted, including one of the addresses she said she had to move to in order to get away from him.

“Allegations of domestic abuse against any of our officers or staff are always fully investigated and we would always support any officer or member of staff who is a genuine victim.

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