A senior police officer who was in charge of some of the PSNI’s most prominent investigations has appeared in court accused of assaulting three women.
Detective Superintendent Sean Wright (43) faced three separate counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm when he appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.
The 43-year-old, who lives at an address in Co Antrim, was released on conditional bail of £1,000. A judge also ordered that the defendant should not have contact with any of the injured parties and told him to refrain from entering licensed premises.
During his lengthy police career Det Supt Wright has been a key figure in some of the PSNI’s most high profile cases.
In 2004 he fronted the probe into the multi-million pound robbery at the Northern Bank in Belfast city centre.
He also headed the investigation into the disappearance of Bangor woman Lisa Dorrian, who was believed to have been murdered by loyalist drug dealers.
In September of this year he helped cage the killer of Donaghadee pensioner Tilly Campbell who was brutally beaten to death in her home. In a statement issued last night the PSNI said it took the assault allegations seriously.
“We can confirm that a police officer has been arrested and charged as part of an investigation into an assault. This is an ongoing investigation, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further. The PSNI can confirm the officer has been suspended from duty,” a spokeswoman said.
“The Police Service expects its staff to behave professionally, ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times and will investigate any alleged breaches of conduct, both criminal and misconduct, in a robust, fair and impartial manner. All disciplinary proceedings in connection with suspected offences committed by officers will be dealt with robustly and expeditiously.”
The case was adjourned by the prosecution until February 4.