A drunken murder squad detective convicted of terrorising a village pub has been sacked after being given a suspended jail sentence.
Det Sgt Paul Whiteley, of Grange Moor, nearly lost his liberty when he tried to appeal against his original conviction “to save his skin” - and now his rampage has cost him his job.
He escaped with a fine equivalent to one and a half weeks wages when he was first found guilty of common assault by Scarborough magistrates court in July.
But when he tried to overturn the verdict in October he was given a suspended jail sentence for what a York crown court judge called the disgraced officer’s “aggressive and bullying behaviour”.
Whiteley’s career with the West Yorkshire Homicide and Major Enquiry Team is now over following disciplinary proceedings this week.
It is understood bosses. decided not to accept any resignation following a number of cases in which disgraced officers have resigned and then found jobs with other forces.
Det Chief Supt Clive Wain, of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Department, said: “Following a recent conviction for assault, an officer was dismissed on Tuesday without notice for gross misconduct.
“West Yorkshire Police expects the highest standards of professionalism from all officers and staff and will take appropriate disciplinary action against anyone who fails to meet those standards.”
Whiteley, 51, had been on holiday with then partner Claire Hughes, 43, of York , at a campsite near Robin Hood’s Bay on the Yorkshire Coast.
After a morning out in Whitby, they decided to spend a rainy afternoon drinking in the Fylingdales Inn in nearby Fylingthorpe.
They stayed for seven hours and had downed the best part of three bottles of red Shiraz wine between them before Whiteley became involved in an altercation.