Detective accused of carrying out drunken attack in pub

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A MURDER squad‎ detective was “absolutely legless” when he ripped off his shirt and attacked a holidaymaker in a pub shouting: “I’m a copper - I will do what I like,” a court heard.

Det Sgt Paul Whiteley, 50, also hurled abuse at the mother of an autistic teenager, it was claimed.

He is alleged to have launched the “unprovoked attack” after sharing bottles of wine with

his girlfriend Claire Hughes, 43, at the Fylingdales Inn, near Whitby.

It was alleged that as the couple left the pub they were followed into the car park by victim Carl Sarsfield, 41, from Oldham.

Scarborough Magistrates heard holidaymaker Mr Sarsfield had been asked to have a word with the couple when the pub barmaid spotted them.

The court heard that Mr Sarsfield rejoined his girlfriend Paula Crossley, 41, of Royton, Oldham, and her 19-year-old autistic daughter Mia in the pub.

Hughes and Whiteley also came back into the pub and things became “heated,” Mr Sarsfield said. He added after Whiteley slapped him in the 
face he defended himself and the police officer ended up on his back.

“He could hardly stand up. He was falling all over the place.”

Miss Crossley, a full time carer, said: “My daughter was hysterical. I saw Carl and the man fighting. The man was very drunk and fell over dragging Carl with him.”

The court heard police were called and Whiteley, of West Yorkshire Police Homocide and Major Enquiry Team, told the pub: “I’m a police officer. I will sort it out.”

‎Whiteley of Wakefield and Hughes of York, both deny assault by beating.

The trial continues.

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