Policeman appears in misconduct hearing accused of threatening to beat man up
PUBLISHED: 17:30 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:43 26 June 2017
A police officer is facing a misconduct hearing over accusations he threatened to beat up a member of the public and shared offensive messages on social media site Facebook.
The conduct of Avon and Somerset PC Simon Jewell is being examined by the panel today (Monday) and tomorrow, over allegations he breached the standards expected of a police officer.
He is alleged to have transported a man, who was not under arrest, to North Somerset Courthouse, in St Georges, in January.
When the man, who was wanted to appear on court on a warrant, informed the officer and court staff he had to leave for work, PC Jewell is alleged to have told him: “If you leave, I will come and find you and beat the s*** out of you.”
The police officer, who has covered the Weston-super-Mare beat, is also appearing in front of the misconduct panel over further allegations that he sent offensive messages on Facebook.
He is accused to have posted a threatening message on a picture of a man alongside his wife, who he had separated from.
He said: “If he touches my wife anymore I will rip his f****** face apart.”
PC Jewell has challenged the allegations against him, but if the panel considers the allegations proven, he could be dismissed from the force.
The hearing continues at Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s headquarters in Portishead.