Essex police chief Matthew Horne 'threw stress ball at colleague'

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 17, 2018

Deputy Chief Constable Matthew Horne allegedly pushed the officer over a desk after a disagreement then launched the rubber ball at his throat.

Matthew Horne, 47, also allegedly pushed one of the officers over a desk "for no apparent reason" in a separate incident.

The panel heard Chief Superintendent Carl O'Malley failed to report his "aggressive and domineering" chief because Mr Horne sat on the promotion panel for the force.

Horne is further accused of screaming abuse at Superintendent Glenn Maleary, despite the fact he had only been in the job for 10 days.

Horne allegedly called Supt Maleary an expletive in the auto park outside of Essex Police's force control room in front of another officer.

Case presenter Stephen Morley said: 'It hit Mr O'Malley quite hard in the throat or neck area, leaving a red mark.

'Mr O'Malley was angry about this behaviour from a supervising officer but he was anxious about his own personal position. He allegedly told Supt Maleary he had 24 hours to sort out the control room or he was "history". "I've got to go before I punch something".

He said Mr Horne directed a number of swear words at Supt Maleary with his fists clenched. Proceedings were brought after an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Mr O'Malley said he decided not to complain about Horne's alleged conduct because at the time he was applying for a promotion, and he knew Horne would be part of the decision making panel.

Horne denies three counts of misconduct said to have taken place between June 2015 and May 2016 relating to calling Supt Maleary the alleged expletives, and to pushing Mr O'Malley and throwing the stress ball at him.

Mr Morley said the actions amounted to "a type of bullying behaviour". "It's using physicality and abusive language".

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