Punch Attack PC Tagged after Assault Conviction

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), November 24, 2007 | Go to article overview

Punch Attack PC Tagged after Assault Conviction


Byline: By Steffan Rhys Western Mail

A police officer who punched a man while on duty during an incident earlier this year has been electronically tagged.

PC Paul Summers, 34, from Skewen, an officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, was called to an incident at the Town Hall Square in Llanelli on May 1 after fellow officers had pulled over a vehicle.

Summers arrived in another vehicle and was caught on CCTV punching 27-year-old Michael John Cann more than once.

In September, he was arrested and charged with common assault after an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Summers denied the charge but was found guilty by Deputy District Judge Timothy Rose at Swansea Magistrates Court yesterday.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for one year, and was made the subject of a curfew between 8pm and 6am, which will be enforced through the use of an electronic tag.

He was also ordered to pay pounds 200 compensation and pounds 200 costs.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police last night confirmed that Summers had been suspended from duty but declined to comment further.

Summers has been suspended from the force during the proceedings and a decision will now be made as to whether he will be allowed to continue serving as a police officer. …

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