Scottish Daily Mail

Two po­lice of­fi­cers charged with as­sault and ly­ing in court

- By Gary Fitz­patrick

TWO po­lice of­fi­cers are to go on trial over al­le­ga­tions of as­sault and then ly­ing in court.

Steven Harker, 35, and Gordon Butchart, 30, were charged af­ter giv­ing ev­i­dence in a trial at Dun­fermline Sher­iff Court last year.

That case re­lated to an in­ci­dent in Dun­fermline on Novem­ber 15, 2018 in which a man and woman were ar­rested in their home by the of­fi­cers. It is now al­leged they were as­saulted. The of­fi­cers are also ac­cused of ly­ing when giv­ing ev­i­dence at the trial of the man and woman in June 2019.

Harker, of Dun­fermline, and Butchart, of Pol­mont, Stir­ling­shire, deny all the charges.

It is al­leged that in the Dun­fermline in­ci­dent, both con­sta­bles as­saulted Michael Wal­lace, in­clud­ing chok­ing him and strik­ing his head against a wall.

It is also al­leged that Harker as­saulted Cather­ine Dolan by seiz­ing her.

The con­sta­bles are fur­ther al­leged to have pro­vided false ev­i­dence on June 12 last year at the trial of Wal­lace and Dolan.

The of­fi­cers, cur­rently on ‘re­stricted du­ties’, will go on trial at Dundee Sher­iff Court on June 16. Sher­iff James Macdon­ald, who presided at the ear­lier trial, could be called as a wit­ness.

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