A police officer launched a vicious attack on a female colleague during a day out to Blackpool, a court heard yesterday.
Twenty-five-year-old Lisa Davies was allegedly punched several times and then kicked by her colleague from the West Midlands force, Christopher Dickenson (26).
Dickenson, of Abbeyfield, Telford, Shropshire, denies assaulting Miss Davies with whom he was having a relationship, during a trip to Blackpool.
Magistrates in the resort heard how the couple had gone to Blackpool Pleasure Beach to see a show but later two of the show's professional ice dancers witnessed Dickenson's street attack on the woman.
Brett Gerrity, prosecuting, said on May 12 last year the officers had been drinking before going to the show and were then seen shouting at each other in Osborne Road on the way back to their hotel.
Miss Davies was heard screaming and Mr Gerrity claimed she was punched at least three times by Dickenson and then kicked twice and thrown over a garden wall.
He told the hearing: "This was a vicious unpleasant assault involving punching and kicks on someone who to all intents and purposes was a helpless female."
Hotelier Scott Heyes told how he watched from his lounge window as Dickenson punched the woman three or four times. He said the blows were given after the woman had slapped Dickenson across the face. Professional ice dancer Ian George said he also saw three deliberate blows aimed at the woman and denied a suggestion by defence lawyer Charlotte Eastwood that the woman had merely been grabbed to stop her falling over.
PC Mark Stringfellow said he was sent to the scene and as he pulled up a woman called Lisa opened the back seat of his police car and said "Help me, help me, don't leave me with him, he's a police officer."
He said that later she told police that Pc Dickenson had just been on a firearms course and did not want to ruin his career and that she was a police officer too.
The trial continues.