FENLAND: Disgraced policeman walks free after terrifying harassment campaign against WPC lover
A DISGRACED Fenland policeman convicted of waging a terrifying harassment campaign against his WPC lover has walked free from court. PC James Curtis, 37, deliberately tormented Donna Brand with his twisted mind games while they were both serving in the
A DISGRACED Fenland policeman convicted of waging a terrifying harassment campaign against his WPC lover has walked free from court.
PC James Curtis, 37, deliberately tormented Donna Brand with his twisted "mind games" while they were both serving in the Norfolk force.
A court heard how "Jekyll-and-Hyde character" Curtis subjected her to his "controlling behaviour" during their stormy 18-month relationship.
He attacked his fellow officer, repeatedly threatened to kill himself and boasted that he and his ex-wife had secretly been enjoying sex acts.
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He later was alleged to have carried out a bizarre revenge attack in which he wrecked WPC Brand's Bunny Wand vibrator after she left him.
Curtis ,37, of Marsh Road, Terrington St Clement, was convicted by a jury at Lincoln Crown Court of offences of harassment and causing a danger to road users.
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He had been warned he faced jail at an earlier hearing but when he was sentenced he was given 180 hours unpaid work.
Judge Michael Heath told him "You drank far too much and you drank whilst you were on medication.
"It was a stormy relationship. They were occasion when neither of you behaved in an exemplary manner.
"The violence that you used was minimal but the offence of which you were convicted was of putting her in fear of violence by harassment.
"You certainly drank far too much and that was a contributory factor in the way you behaved which on a number of occasions was self centred and emotionally immature
The couple, both officers in the Norfolk force, first met in 2004, while both were working at the Terrington Beat Base in Terrington St John.
Curtis had recently split from his wife, and by spring 2005 the pair were living together - first at his parents' home and later in Holbeach, Lincs.
Giving evidence, WPC Brand said she was "head-over-heels in love" but admitted his mood-swings prompted him to play "silly mind-games".
The court was told Curtis was on medication for depression after he was involved in a car-crash and could be "volatile and somewhat unstable".
Michael Cranmer-Brown, prosecuting, told the jury: "When his medication was combined with drinking he was something of a Jekyll and Hyde."
WPC Brand told how in one incident Curtis suddenly pulled on the handbrake of her Volkswagen Passat as she was driving at around 60mph.
She said that when they later argued again at home he poured water over her after marching her into the kitchen as if she was a police suspect.
Curtis eventually moved out of the pair's home and later sent WPC Brand a text-message to say he had removed his belongings from the property.
But WPC Brand said that when she returned she found the house in disarray, adding: "All the cupboards were open, and things were spilling out.
"The heating had been turned up to 30 degrees. There were CDs and things on the floor. The freezer door was open, and the contents had defrosted."
She said a male colleague who had accompanied her to the property spotted her "bent and snapped" vibrator when they checked on the bedroom.
She added: "I wasn't sure about whether I was going to make a formal complaint. I was embarrassed. I had only recently bought it. I hadn't... you know."
Curtis' future with the Norfolk force is now in limbo.
He is currently suspended but no decision will be made until the outcome of his application to be given leave to appeal against his conviction has been determined.