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Police have released the bodycam footage of a disgraced police officer who was jailed for his attempt to cover up an attack on an innocent man.
Darren McIntyre, 47, was sentenced to 19 months behind bars after he assaulted a man during a welfare check at a property in Ainsdale, Merseyside.
Judge David Aubrey, QC, slammed the PC – who would later try and cover up the attack – for acting in ‘sheer aggression and abuse of the powers bestowed upon you’.
The judge sentenced McIntyre, of Derwent Avenue in Southport, to four months in jail for assault and 15 months in prison for perverting the course of justice.
Merseyside Police has now released the video footage of McIntyre’s and another police officers bodycams just moments before he repeatedly punched Mark Bamber.
McIntyre’s attack unfolded after he and three colleagues attended a home for a welfare check in Ainsdale in the early hours of June 19, 2019.
In the footage McIntyre, who has worked as a PC for more than two decades, can be seen in the face of Mr Bamber and can be heard saying: ‘And what if I am getting in yours?’
Darren McIntyre, 47, was sentenced to 19 months behind bars after he assaulted a man during a welfare check at a property in Ainsdale, Merseyside
McIntyre’s attack unfolded after he and three colleagues attended a home for a welfare check in Ainsdale in the early hours of June 19, 2019
Mr Bamber then says: ‘You’re getting in my face now.’
To which McIntyre aggressively responds: ‘Am I? ‘You best wind your f*****g neck in. The next time you obstruct me doing my job I’ll put you in the f*****g car and put you in a cell.’
The shamed policeman then forcefully grabs Mr Bamber by the arm and pushes him against the wall.
He had been called to the Ainsdale property with three colleagues by paramedics seeking to carry out a welfare check on Mr Bamber’s partner.
During that incident, the 47-year-old flew into a rage and subjected his victim to an unprovoked assault.
Merseyside Police would later release the bodycam footage of the 2019 assault at trial
Two of his colleagues switched off their body-worn cameras during the attack and all four present provided accounts that ‘did not live in the same world, breathe the same air as to that which in fact occurred’ according Judge Aubrey, who oversaw their trial.
The four were exposed through an investigation by Merseyside Police’s Professional Standards Department, leading to their trial earlier this year.
The claims of the officers included that Mr Bamber was drunk, aggressive and had attempted to headbutt McIntyre.
These claims were dismissed by Judge Aubrey, who said he was satisfied Mr Bamber had not been aggressive and did not display any violence.
The judge accepted he may have been ‘awkward’ and perhaps confrontational – but only in response to McIntyre who at one point told him to ‘wind your f*****g neck in’ before warning ‘next time you obstruct me doing my job I will put you in the f*****g car and put you in a cell’.
The attack, which left Mr Bamber covered in blood, then followed.
Judge Aubrey read the oath sworn by police officers as he highlighted McIntyre’s failure to do his duty.
Following the hearing Deputy Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Ian Critchley, issued a public apology to the victim.
He said: ‘I am very proud of Merseyside Police officers and staff, none more so than over the last 18 months where colleagues have put the public and communities first, protecting communities during the challenges faced by a global pandemic.
‘This appalling incident should not in anyway overshadow the outstanding service provided by the majority of my colleagues every single day, and as such I would like to reiterate my sincere apology to the victim of these officers’ criminal behaviour.’