A MUM has slammed an “out of control” cop who drunkenly attacked her in a dark street while she walked home.
Emma Homer, 36, insists PC Oliver Banfield, 25, was “acting out a twisted fantasy” when he headlocked her and called her a “f***ing slag” near her house in Bidford-on-Avon, Warks.
Emma Homer has slammed an off-duty cop who attacked her last July in Bidford-on-Avon, Warks.Credit: Mirrorpix
Footage showed Banfield, who was drunk at the time, trying to carry out an “unlawful arrest”
The mum-of-two has spoken out about her ordeal after Banfield – a probationary officer with West Midlands Police – was spared jail on Friday after he admitted assaulting her.
Disturbing CCTV footage shows the off-duty cop using tactics he learned in training while shouting “on the floor now” and pretending to call for back-up as he grabbed a terrified Emma last July.
The mum told the Mirror: “It was a violent assault, a man acting out a twisted fantasy, on a lone female.
“He was out of control. I believe it would have been far, far worse if my attacker’s girlfriend hadn’t hauled him off.”
This comes after a police officer in London was accused of murdering Sarah Everard – a young woman who was kidnapped as she walked home on March 3.
Banfield was ordered to wear an electronic tag and pay Emma £500 compensation.
He was also sentenced to a 14-week curfew and banned from leaving his home between 7pm and 7am.
Oliver Banfield, 25, used his police training to tackle the mum to the ground on a dark street but has been spared jailCredit: Mirrorpix
West Midlands Police have suspended the officer pending a misconduct inquiry after they were initially criticised for only taking him off public-facing duties.
The CCTV footage, which was shown in court, showed Banfield attempting to make an “unlawful arrest” on Emma and grabbing her by the neck.
Banfield was drunk at the time of the incident, the court heard.
He tried to pull a screaming Emma to the ground as she walked along the pavement.
As he dragged her along the street, Banfield can be heard yelling: “On the floor now, on the floor now.”
The mum-of-two said the assault has led to her suffering from anxiety, stress, insomnia and panic attacks.
She is undergoing therapy and counselling after the incident shook her belief system “to the core.”
Emma said: “During the assault as I struggled to get to safety I was sure this drunk man was fulfilling a violent cop movie fantasy.
“The effect on my children when they found out my assailant was a police officer was incredibly sad.”
Banfield is seen trying to pull his screaming victim to the ground
He then grabs her around the neck and dragged her along the street
The victim told Channel 4 News: “He got me on the floor. It was like he was pretending to be in a cop film, calling for back up, how an officer would arrest somebody, like he was in a film.
“He got me on the floor, round the neck, screaming and shouting aggressively.
“I had to investigate myself, I found out there was a police officer called Oli who lived around the corner.
“From the moment I reported the attack, I wasn’t taken seriously.”
Judge Nick Watson said Emma was a “vulnerable woman walking home alone at night” and said Banfield had “demonstrated his hostility to the victim based on her sex” by calling her a “slag”.
He told the officer he had “abused his power” and that the vile misogynistic abuse was “an aggravating factor” in the incident.
Deputy Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine, said: “Oliver Banfield was removed from public-facing police duties after the assault and while the investigation by Warwickshire Police was being carried out.
“To protect the criminal case we’ve not been able to carry out our own misconduct investigation until it’s conclusion.
“Now sentencing has taken place, our investigation will be carried out and PC Banfield faces allegations of gross misconduct and is currently suspended.
“We understand the strength of feeling surrounding the desperately sad death of Sarah Everard and concerns on the issue of women’s safety but it would not be appropriate for us to comment further at this stage.
“Our role is to protect the public, who should be able to trust us. We therefore hold all our officers to the highest standards and we will take appropriate action against anyone whose actions fall below what is expected.”
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