Perth police officer sat on teen girl in cell as ‘punishment’


Andrew David Barber, 36, forcefully pushed the girl onto a bench and sat on her in an incident captured by CCTV camera on May 25.

The senior constable had been tasked with escorting the teenager to the watch house on suspicion of attempted robbery, Perth Magistrates Court heard on Friday.

But when she kicked the door and it struck his face, he wrestled her in what Magistrate Greg Smith described as a “gross over-reaction” against a vulnerable girl.

“It was completely uncalled for,” the magistrate said.

The girl did not require medical attention following the incident, police said. Barber, who has been an officer for 11 years, was stood down from operational duty and pleaded guilty to common assault.

He was fined $2500 and ordered to pay $705 in court costs.

A conviction will not be recorded against his name.

Andrew David Barber, 36, forcefully pushed the girl onto a bench.Source:AAP

The police officer then sat on the 16-year-old.

The police officer then sat on the 16-year-old.Source:AAP

Mr Barber, who has been an officer for 11 years, was stood down from operational duty and pleaded guilty to common assault.

Mr Barber, who has been an officer for 11 years, was stood down from operational duty and pleaded guilty to common assault.Source:AAP

The senior constable had been tasked with escorting the teenager to the watch house on suspicion of attempted robbery.

The senior constable had been tasked with escorting the teenager to the watch house on suspicion of attempted robbery.Source:AAP

Mr Smith noted the girl had been abusive and he accepted Barber was remorseful and unlikely to reoffend.

He said while police officers were human like everyone else, they often faced stressful situations.

“Ordinary people of good character can sometimes lose their temper,” he said. “The community expects … from police officers a very high standard of behaviour and a high standard of self-control.”



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