PC Oliver Banfield curfew sentence for ‘terrifying’ attack on woman

A probationary police officer who assaulted a woman in a “terrifying” attack has been given a curfew, prompting criticism he was not jailed.

West Midlands Police PC Oliver Banfield grabbed and manhandled Emma Homer last July while drunk. He has been suspended and faces disciplinary action.

The investigating force has apologised for delays in the prosecution.

Labour MP Harriet Harman¬†wrote on Twitter: “Must have been terrifying for her… but no prison sentence.”

Ms Homer said the attack had left her with “anxiety, insomnia and stress” and her family said they were “disappointed” with 25-year-old Banfield’s sentence, a night-time curfew.

During the sentencing hearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court, CCTV was shown in which Banfield could be seen shouting at Ms Homer.

He is seen grabbing her and forcing her to the floor during the assault in the early hours of 26 July in Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.

In her victim personal statement which was read out in court, she said she thought he was “fulfilling a violent cop movie fantasy“.


source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-56459217

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