JURY SENT HOME IN WPC HARASSMENT TRIAL

PUBLISHED: 18:01 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 08:32 02 June 2010

THE jury in the trial of a policeman accused of harassing his WPC lover has been sent home for the night after failing to reach verdicts. Jeckyll-and-Hyde character PC James Curtis is alleged to have terrorised Donna Brand with his controlling behaviou

THE jury in the trial of a policeman accused of harassing his WPC lover has been sent home for the night after failing to reach verdicts.

"Jeckyll-and-Hyde character" PC James Curtis is alleged to have terrorised Donna Brand with his "controlling behaviour" during their time together.

The 37-year-old is said to have attacked her, threatened to kill himself and boasted that he and his former wife had been secretly enjoying sex acts.

Giving evidence at his trial at Lincoln Crown Court, Curtis denied he tried to "control" WPC Brand during their 18-month-long relationship.

He admitted he once pulled on the handbrake while she was driving him home from a pub along the A17 in the early hours of the morning.

But he said she exaggerated the incident, which he claimed happened after she repeatedly accused him of sending texts to other women.

Curtis and WPC Brand lived together in Holbeach after meeting four years ago when both worked at the Terrington Beat Base, Terrington St John.

Curtis, now of Marsh Road, Terrington St Clement, denies causing harassment to his fellow officer between November 2005 and August 2006.

He also denies causing a danger to road users as a result of the handbrake incident. He has been cleared of three other charges on the judge's direction.

The jury has yet to reach verdicts after 90 minutes of considering the evidence and will resume its deliberations tomorrow (Thu) morning.

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