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Joe Thomas & Abigail Nicholson

Bodycam footage disgraced police officer who battered man didn't want you to see

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 was today sentenced to 19 months in jail for his shameful behaviour during - and after - a welfare check.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, slammed the PC for acting in "sheer aggression and abuse of the powers bestowed upon you".

READ MORE: Disgraced policeman bows his head as judge tells him he 'betrayed' his colleagues

Merseyside Police has now released the video footage of McIntyre's and another police officers bodycams just moments before he repeatedly punched Mark Bamber in the early hours of June 19, 2019.

In the footage McIntyre can be seen in the face of Mr Bamber and can be heard saying: "And what if I am getting in yours?"

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.

PC Darren McIntyre moments after assaulting Mark Bamber, 52, who is pinned to the floor bleeding from his face (Mark Bamber)

During that incident, the 47-year-old flew into a rage and subjected his victim to an unprovoked assault.

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 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.

He said: “You, McIntyre, took an oath over 20 years ago. I reminded the other defendants of that oath when passing sentence upon them.

Blood on the floor after Mark Bamber, 52, was assaulted by Merseyside Police Constable Darren McIntyre (Mark Bamber)

“Let me also remind you of that oath: I, do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of constable with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, and that I will uphold fundamental human rights and accord equal respect to all people, according to law.”

The judge continued: “You, as a serving police officer, were supposed to uphold the law, not undermine it, when you went into the house of Mr Bamber, and what you did thereafter, together with your colleagues... undermines the very system of criminal justice which we are all reliant upon for our protection and safeguards.”

Commenting on McIntyre's aggression, he told the 47-year-old: "You persisted in using inflammatory and unprofessional language. You became angrier and angrier and the red mist descended and I am satisfied you repeatedly punched him in temper and anger.”

As he was sentenced McIntyre stood with his head bowed and hands clasped in front of his waist as he had done throughout the proceedings.

The judge concluded McIntyre "crossed the line and did so by some margin", adding: “The public are entitled to expect complete trust in their police officers. You breached it and betrayed all your honest colleagues.”

That breach of trust was acknowledged by Merseyside Police's Deputy Chief Constable, Ian Critchley.

Following today's Liverpool Crown Court hearing, he said: “Constable McIntyre has not only let himself down, he has also let down his colleagues within the force who are committed to providing a professional service, and the communities we are there to protect.

“It is absolutely disheartening for those within the force who give their all day-in-day out and now they will be working harder to prove that his actions, and the actions of his three colleagues to cover it up, are not reflective of the force they serve.

A number of colleagues did raise concerns in relation to the actions of these officers on the night and following the incident and I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the strength of those people in coming forward and doing the right thing.

"It is vital that people can have the confidence to speak out when there has been wrongdoing and are supported by the organisation and are able to uphold the high standards that we expect of our officers and staff across the force."

McIntyre, of Derwent Avenue in Southport, was sentenced to a total of 19 months in jail for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and perverting the course of justice.

PCs Garrie Burke, 44, of Holmefield Grove, Maghull; Laura Grant, 36, of Somerville Grove, Waterloo; and Lauren Buchanan-Lloyd, 26, of Kings Close, Higher Bebington, were each convicted of perverting the course of justice and sentenced earlier this year.

Burke and Grant received 15-month sentences and Buchanan-Lloyd was handed nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

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