Robert Rangeley, a police officer from Eastbourne in East Sussex, has been convicted of actual bodily harm. This follows an attack in January 2017, in which the officer savagely attacked a man outside an Eastbourne club.
Such was the ferocity of the attack, that victim Martin Lovett released harrowing “screams of terror”. He was later found covered in a vast amount of blood.
Rangeley subsequently received a suspended eight-month prison sentence at Brighton Crown Court, despite contesting the charge. As well as this, he must pay £1500 in compensation, £1750 in court costs and carry out 170 hours of unpaid work. This highlights the severity of the assault.
Rangeley has been condemned by those on the force for his off-duty attack. Recorder Kenneth did not hold back. He stated that Rangeley brought “disgrace on the police service that night”. Paul Bridger, Rangeley’s co-defendant, was acquitted as he was said to have acted in Lovett’s defence.
Before this appalling act Rangeley was said to have had an “unblemished” career, with his reputation now in tatters.
The fact that Rangeley was off-duty will not help his cause. Detective Superintendent Steve Boniface, of Sussex Police, stated that: “While the incident occurred while the officers were off-duty, both were suspended from their posts and now the criminal proceedings have concluded we will consider what disciplinary action they should face.”