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Wiltshire assault sergeant's conduct hearing adjourned

Sgt Mark Andrews. Pic: Wiltshire Police
Image caption Sgt Andrews spent six days in prison in September

A conduct hearing into a policeman who was convicted of assaulting a woman in custody and later cleared on appeal has been adjourned.

Sgt Mark Andrews, of Wiltshire Police, was filmed dragging Pamela Somerville through Melksham police station custody area in July 2008.

The disciplinary hearing was expected to end on Friday but was adjourned until 23 December.

It is examining Sgt Andrews dealings with Ms Somerville during the incident.

The inquiry by neighbouring Gloucestershire Constabulary is being held in private.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman has said the result of the hearing will be made public because of the public interest and high profile nature of this case.

The officer was found guilty of causing actual bodily harm and jailed for six months in September.

Sgt Andrews spent six days in prison, but was released on bail pending the appeal at Oxford Crown Court.

The appeal judge, Mr Justice Bean, said after the four-day hearing in November he was satisfied that Sgt Andrews did not intend to throw Ms Somerville into the cell and that injuries she suffered "were probably caused by her falling to the floor after letting go of the door frame".

Ms Somerville had been arrested for failing to take a breath test but was never prosecuted.

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