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Special constable jailed for attack

A special constable who assaulted an off-duty soldier while attempting to arrest him has been jailed for three years.

Peter Lightfoot, 40, attacked Lance Corporal Mark Aspinall outside a bar in Wigan, Greater Manchester, in the early hours of July 27 2008.

The incident was caught on CCTV, which showed Lightfoot pushing the soldier's head into the ground and striking him with a police helmet.

He was found guilty of the assault on the soldier, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, by a jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court last month.

Two other officers involved in the incident, Sergeant Stephen Russell, 34, and Pc Richard Kelsall, 29, were cleared of assaulting the soldier.

L/Cpl Aspinall was himself initially charged and convicted of two counts of attacking the police officers by Wigan magistrates, who did not view the CCTV.

He later won an appeal to have the verdict quashed at Liverpool Crown Court, as the judge cited concerns about the actions of the officers.

Lightfoot was also convicted of one count of perjury, in relation to the evidence he gave during the soldier's trial.

He was jailed for one year for perjury, and two years for assault, to run consecutively.


From Belfast Telegraph