Police Officers Sacked

03Sep08

Officers sacked for youth attack
originally published: 3rd September 2008

Two policemen have been sacked and a third told to resign for assaulting and threatening a 16-year-old boy and then trying to cover up their actions. Northamptonshire officers William Docherty, 42, and Sean Holiditch, 43, were found guilty of seven charges at a disciplinary hearing, the IPCC said.

Steve Eaton, 50, was required to resign after pleading guilty to three charges. IPCC commissioner Amerdeep Somal said their actions in arresting the boy, who had breached bail, were a “disgrace”.

Disciplinary hearing

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) looked into allegations that the trio, based at Campbell Square, Northampton, assaulted and threatened the youth, then attempted to pervert the course of justice.
The allegations included causing a police sergeant to make an incorrect entry in the custody log and threatening to fabricate evidence following the teenager’s arrest in Daventry on 24 November 2006.

The boy, also wanted for failing to appear in court, was arrested at about 1930 GMT after running from a car which was initially believed to be stolen, but did not arrive at the custody suite in Northampton until just before 2200 GMT.

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