Northumbria Police sergeant jailed for assaulting a man in his own home
A police sergeant from Northumbria has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for assaulting a man in his own home in Workington while off duty.
Stephen William Light, 44, went to the home of Andrew Grant on Fountains Avenue in Workington in the early hours of Wednesday 11 April 2018.
He went into Mr Grant's property uninvited, where he assaulted Mr Grant using a metal kitchen roll holder as a weapon, causing a wound to the back of his head which required seven stitches.
Gerard Rogerson for the CPS said: "As a police officer, Stephen Light would have been well aware of what is considered to be acceptable and lawful behaviour. However, whilst off duty and intoxicated, he took the law into his own hands by going into a man's house uninvited and assaulting him.
"Throughout the case, Light denied the assault, and made a counter-allegation that Mr Grant had assaulted him. However, we presented a strong case to the jury which proved that he was the aggressor, which resulted in them finding him guilty of assault.
"The CPS and police have worked together closely in this case, recognising the need to robustly prosecute those who abuse their positions as officers of the law, in order to maintain public confidence in the criminal justice system."
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- Gerard Rogerson is a Crown Advocate for CPS North West