A drunken cop who screamed, “F**k your f***ing disabled child,” at the mother of an autistic child was found guilty of assault by Scarborough Magistrates last week.
UK based murder squad detective Paul Whiteley’s 23-year career lies in ruins after he became severely intoxicated and launched into a vicious rant at fellow drinkers in The Fylingdales Inn near Whitby, North Yorkshire.
The Daily Express reported that Det. Sgt. Paul Whiteley was “absolutely legless” on red wine when he ripped open his shirt and launched an unprovoked assault yelling, “I’m a copper. I’ll do what I like.”
According to the Daily Mail, the 51-year-old policeman had been drinking at the scene of his drunken disgrace for seven hours with his 43-year-old girlfriend, Claire Hughes.
The court heard that, upon initially leaving the bar, Whiteley and his partner were seen heading to their car still carrying open bottles of wine.
The concerned barmaid asked electrician Carl Sarsfield, who was sitting with Miss Crossley and her autistic daughter, Mia, to have a word.
Mr. Sarsfield explained, “I went out there and asked him politely ‘You are not drinking and driving are you?'”
He claimed Whiteley, who was getting in the passenger side, replied, “I’m not driving – she is.”
The electrician objected, saying “She is legless as well.”
Returning to the pub, Mr. Sarsfield was followed by the intoxicated couple, who reportedly had decided to return and wait for a taxi, but things soon became heated.
After being slapped in the face by Whiteley, Sarsfield was forced to defend himself and put the drunken police officer on his back.
“By this point he was absolutely legless. He could hardly stand up. He was falling all over the place. I could have burped on him and he would have fallen over.”
After receiving the slap from Sarsfield, Whiteley refused to walk away from the shameful scene but proceeded to rip off his shirt, sling it towards the bar and snarl.
“Come on then – outside you bald headed bastard.”
Miss Crossley told the court, “He was paralytic. He was shouting. My initial reaction was to get my daughter away from what was going on. I told them to calm down and there was no need to behave in that way.”
She then alleged Hughes “Grabbed me by the throat as Mia screamed her head off.”
As they waited for police to arrive, Whiteley was said to boast, “Let them come. I’m a police officer. I will sort it out.”
Miss Crossley added that it was during the wait when Whiteley was said to shout across the bar, “F**k your f***ing disabled child.”
“My daughter was hysterical and absolutely beside herself. It affected her for weeks afterwards.”
Prosecutor Martin Hawes described the attack as “unprovoked” and refuted Whiteley’s claims he had been acting in self-defense.
Whiteley denied Miss Hughes intended to drive and claimed they had intended to walk but needed their umbrellas and some other things from the car.
He explained that he only revealed he was a police officer “to try to calm the situation down” and took off his shirt because he had been sweating.
The disgraced officer was found guilty of assault and fined £550 with £850 court costs and a £55 victim surcharge. His girlfriend was cleared of the same charge.
Whiteley remain suspended from duty as he awaits the outcome of an internal misconduct investigation.