The lawyer of an innocent man who was battered and then framed by a corrupt police officer described the attacker as the “ringleader of a criminal enterprise”.
Mark Bamber was at home with his partner when he was beaten to the floor and left bleeding heavily by PC Darren McIntyre.
McIntyre and his colleagues, PCs Garrie Burke, Laura Grant and Lauren Buchanan-Lloyd, then tried to hide evidence and frame Mr Bamber for assaulting a police officer.
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McIntyre, 47, was yesterday jailed for a total of 19 months after being convicted of assault causing actual bodily harm and perverting the course of justice at Liverpool Crown Court.
After the conclusion of the case Mr Bamber’s solicitor Iain Gould, of DPP Law, said: “McIntyre was both the thug who assaulted my client and the ringleader of the criminal enterprise which he and his colleagues embarked upon to cover it up.
“He deserves this punishment, which I trust will send a powerful message to all other officers who think that they are above the law.
Blood on the floor after Mark Bamber, 52, was assaulted by Merseyside Police Constable Darren McIntyre (Image: Mark Bamber)
“This type of Police corruption the attempt to frame a person who is in fact a victim of Police violence – has been around for generations, but has now been dragged into the full light of day by modern technology.
“Let us hope that Policing culture itself continues to change with the times, and that next time it is not the cameras which catch the likes of ex-PC McIntyre in the act, but his own colleagues who should have arrested him on the spot, but in fact did worse than nothing, conspiring in his attempt to criminalise an innocent man.
Mr Bamber’s girlfriend previously told the ECHO how she saw “fear” in her boyfriend’s eyes when she found him on the floor and pinned down by McIntyre during the incident in the early hours of June 19, 2019.
The four officers had attended Mr Bamber’s address in Ainsdale after a request from North West Ambulance Service paramedics to conduct a welfare check on his partner.
Earlier that evening Mr Bamber had made a 999 call saying his partner was depressed and suicidal, but rang back to cancel the ambulance a short time later.
Disgraced police officers (L-R) Darren McIntyre, Lauren Buchanan-Lloyd, Laura Grant and Garrie Burke
When the officers arrived Mr Bamber initially refused them entry, but relented and opened the door when he was threatened with arrest.
Once inside, however, McIntyre became increasingly agitated with Mr Bamber.
The victim complained to McIntyre ” you’re getting in my face now “, to which the PC of 21 years responded: “Yeah, you better wind your f***ing neck in because you’re getting on mine and next time you obstruct me doing my job I will put you in the f***ing car and put you in a cell.”
Mr Bamber then replied “are you sure?” at which point McIntyre spun him around and started punching him.
Judge David Aubrey, QC, passing sentence, told the dad-of-two : “You became angrier and angrier and the red mist descended and I am satisfied you repeatedly punched him in temper and anger.
In the aftermath McIntyre and his four colleagues each provided accounts that ” did not live in the same world, breathe the same air as to that which in fact occurred”, Judge Aubrey said.
PC Darren McIntyre outside court (Image: LIVERPOOL ECHO)
Claims included that Mr Bamber was drunk, aggressive and had attempted to headbutt McIntyre.
Those allegations were dismissed by Judge Aubrey, who said he was satisfied Mr Bamber had not been aggressive and did not display any violence.
Grant and Buchanan-Lloyd had switched off their body-worn cameras as McIntyre’s attack played out in what prosecutors said was a deliberate attempt to prevent evidence being recorded.
However, the four were exposed through an investigation by Merseyside Police’s Professional Standards Department, leading to their trial earlier this year.
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That case heard the officers attended the address at the request of paramedics for safety reasons because the couple were known to be drinkers with mental health issues and there had been a history of domestic incidents at the address.
Mr Bamber and his partner had, in fact, been teetotal for some time before the incident.
The woman, who the ECHO has chosen not to name, had previously been a victim of domestic violence from Mr Bamber, leading to convictions against him for assault and criminal damage.
However, McIntyre had no knowledge of Mr Bamber’s history of domestic violence at the time of the incident.
Hugh Barton, prosecuting, read a statement on Mr Bamber’s behalf at Friday’s hearing.
The victim revealed he was questioning whether he could trust police again and feared he would be arrested in “revenge” for the prosecution.
Of the attack, he recalled: I was in pain and discomfort from the assault on my face and my ribs. I was then handcuffed, I requested that they be loosened on numerous occasions. They were ignored. The pain was intense.
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Leon Kazakos, QC, defending McIntyre, said his client had been taken to a psychiatric institution following his conviction and had remained there for 11 weeks before today’s hearing.
He added: Darren McIntyre, as the court knows, is of previous good character, but it goes some measure beyond that.
“He has had a long career as a police officer.
“The court has heard about his history of tackling crime, of saving lives, and it has heard about a series of violent and dangerous situations he has faced with bravery and commitment over his years of service.
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McIntyre had served in the police since November 2000 and received 26 commendations in that time.
Mr Kazakos said: “It is a tragedy that his career ends in this way.”
Judge Aubrey told McIntyre his behaviour and that of his colleagues “undermines the very system of criminal justice which we are all reliant upon for our protection and safeguards”.
He said McIntyre had “betrayed” honest police officers with the cover up that followed.
Burke, 44, of Holmefield Grove, Maghull; Grant, 36, of Somerville Grove, Waterloo; and Buchanan-Lloyd, 26, of Kings Close, Higher Bebington were each convicted of perverting the course of justice and sentenced in May.
Burke and Grant received 15 month sentences and Buchanan-Lloyd was handed nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months.
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Following the hearing Deputy Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Ian Critchley, issued a public apology to the victim.
He said: “I am very proud of Merseyside Police officers and staff, none more so than over the last 18 months where colleagues have put the public and communities first, protecting communities during the challenges faced by a global pandemic.
“This appalling incident should not in anyway overshadow the outstanding service provided by the majority of my colleagues every single day , and as such I would like to reiterate my sincere apology to the victim of these officers’ criminal behaviour.”
He said a confidential reporting system had been launched for staff to raise concerns about the conduct of colleagues and added: “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.”
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