#UK Married father-of-two police officer, 41, is cleared of misconduct after a woman ‘jumped on him’ #UKnews
A former police officer has been cleared of misconduct after he was accused of having intercourse with a woman who ‘jumped on him in his patrol automobile’.
Former sergeant Lee Cocking, 41, was appearing inspector in cost of policing in Weston-super-Mare and was giving the woman a raise residence after she was thrown out of Skinny Dippers nightclub after inflicting bother on Christmas Eve in 2017.
He had confronted prison costs over the incident however was cleared final yr by a jury of a cost of misconduct in a public workplace.
Mr Cocking denied any wrongdoing and mentioned the woman leapt throughout the passenger and got here onto him.
The former officer advised the panel he felt numb and went into a ‘full panic’ when she unzipped his trousers and tried to have intercourse.
He later retired from the power in July after being recognized with post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD) following a deadly accident in 2015 wherein a younger woman died.
At the top of a two-week police misconduct listening to at Avon and Somerset Police’s HQ in Portishead, Deputy Chief Constable Nikki Watson mentioned she was disillusioned however revered the ruling.
Former police officer Lee Cocking (pictured) was cleared of misconduct after he was accused of having intercourse with a woman who ‘jumped on him in his patrol automobile’
‘The listening to has been overseen by a Legally Qualified Chair, who is unbiased of the constabulary.
‘We absolutely respect the chair’s authority however are disillusioned that having rigorously weighed up all of the proof they’ve dominated the allegations round dishonesty and discreditable conduct weren’t confirmed.
‘Police officers and workers are anticipated to take care of the best stage of skilled requirements always.
‘We have persistently believed the actions of the previous officer on December twenty fourth 2017 fell brief of these requirements and weren’t what the general public would anticipate from their police service.
‘We have invested a important quantity of time and sources into each a prison and misconduct investigation since 2017.
‘The officer concerned is not employed by Avon and Somerset Police.’
She mentioned they might not remark additional till they’d learn the total assertion from the panel giving the explanations they’d cleared him of misconduct.
The panel by no means acquired to listen to from the woman as a result of she declined to participate within the proceedings.
Ex-sergeant Lee Cocking was giving the woman a raise residence in his patrol automobile (pictured) after she was thrown out of Skinny Dippers nightclub after inflicting bother on Christmas Eve in 2017
Panel chair Anna Vigars didn’t announce the panel’s causes for clearing Mr Cocking however a assertion behind the choice is anticipated to be printed quickly.
She mentioned: ‘We do not discover misconduct insofar as Mr Cocking is involved. It is essential to say that we acknowledge that these proceedings have been tough for all involved and we’re grateful to all people for the sense wherein they’ve been dealt with on all sides.’
Last yr Mr Cocking was acquitted by a jury of a prison cost of misconduct over the 2017 incident following an 11-day trial. An earlier jury trial in Cirencester had didn’t agree a verdict.
Jurors on the time heard the woman say she had ‘three pints of cider adopted by a quantity of gin and tonics’ and was very drunk however she knew they positively had intercourse in his automobile.
She advised the court docket that she suffered from a friction burn on her pores and skin whereas making an attempt to have intercourse within the automobile and added: ‘All I can bear in mind is that we had been struggling within the automobile.
‘He was within the driver’s seat and I sat on prime of him with my again in opposition to the steering wheel. My leg was beside the door and we acquired out to have intercourse. It was in full darkness.’
Ray Tully QC, who was defended Mr Cocking through the trial, steered that the woman had straddled the officer and ‘advised him to ”man up” and be a man to have intercourse with you’.
He steered to the woman that as they arrived at Knightstone Island in Weston Super Mare he slowed the car down as a result of she had mentioned she needed to be dropped off there.
During the police misconduct listening to, the panel was advised the woman had by no means claimed she had been sexually assaulted by the previous officer and that the intercourse was consensual.
A request by Mr Cocking’s barrister Ray Tully to raise her anonymity so she might be named publicly was refused by the panel.
Mr Cocking was accused of having ‘sexual relations with a weak member of the general public whereas on responsibility and giving ‘untruthful solutions to a police custody sergeant’ about his medical historical past, which might have amounted to gross misconduct if confirmed, it was alleged.
The woman, who can’t be named for authorized causes, was chucked out of Skinny Dippers nightclub earlier than she met Mr Cocking in his automobile
At the Gloucester Crown Court trial final yr, he broke down in tears after her was cleared by the jury.
The trial heard how he supplied the woman a raise residence within the unmarked silver Vauxhall Astra police automobile, which she accepted.
She had been kicked out of the Skinny Dippers night time spot and was inflicting bother outdoors the constructing.
He mentioned it felt like an ‘outer physique expertise’ when the woman instantly pressured herself on him.
Mr Cocking suffered from PTSD and claimed he was not psychologically in a position to withstand the woman’s sexual advances.
She pulled down her denims and knickers, unzipped his fly after which began ‘straddling’ him within the driving seat of the car.
Mr Cocking, who had been a police officer for 20 years, pleaded not responsible to misconduct in a judicial or public workplace by wilfully misconducting himself in such a manner as to quantity to an abuse of public workplace.
His barrister mentioned Mr Cocking felt that he had been the sufferer of a sexual assault himself.
He claimed that as he was driving, she instantly touched the facet of his left leg, then giggled and mentioned sorry.
‘She shouted out to me to cease simply earlier than the outdated Toll highway. I pulled up anticipating her to simply get out.
‘But she leant in direction of me, together with her head ahead and her lips puckered as if she was leaning in to kiss me.
‘I put my hand as much as cease her. I advised her that she could not do this as I might get into bother.
‘This got here as a shock and my nervousness ranges shot up.
‘I felt scared as so many of my colleagues had their lives destroyed with related allegations. I simply needed to get her residence so I may get residence myself.’
He continued driving however her calls for grew to become ‘louder and louder’.
He mentioned his thoughts was ‘racing’ and he thought if he stopped ‘she would make a criticism’.