Policewoman, 44, who was spared jail is sacked from the force

Policewoman, 44, who was spared jail after her sergeant lover was sent to prison when she lied about him being abusive is sacked from the force

  • Amanda Aston avoided prison two weeks ago after being convicted in March
  • But she has now been dismissed from Surrey Police after breaching standards

A disgraced police officer has been sacked after lying that her sergeant lover had subjected her to an abusive relationship, which saw him spend two months in jail.

Amanda Aston, who was based at Guildford police station in Surrey, avoided prison two weeks ago after being convicted in March of perverting the course of justice.

The 44-year-old single mother and police constable was also convicted of defrauding the Surrey Police Welfare Fund out of £5,000 by lying she had suffered financial difficulties as a result of her relationship with Matthew Taylor, 35.

Now, Aston – a trained domestic violence mentor – has been dismissed from the force after she was found to have breached its standards of professional behaviour.

At her sentencing at Maidstone Crown Court on May 22, she was given a suspended prison term of 21 months and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Amanda Aston, pictured outside Maidstone Crown Court in Kent in March, avoided prison

Judge Mr Justice Cavanagh said the only reason he did not send Aston to jail was because of the ‘traumatic’ impact it would have on her three-year-old daughter.

Yesterday, Surrey Police Chief Constable Tim De Meyer, who chaired the disciplinary hearing at the force’s headquarters, found that Aston’s behaviour had discredited the police service and undermined public confidence in the force and the police service as a whole.

He also found her behaviour to be dishonest and lacking integrity, and that she had compromised her position as a police officer.

Chief Constable De Meyer determined that Aston’s behaviour amounted to gross misconduct and that she should be dismissed without notice. Her details will also be placed on the College of Policing barred list.

During the trial, the court heard how Aston had lied about being a victim of domestic abuse which led to the imprisonment of Mr Taylor.

The trial heard Aston had ’embellished’ difficulties in her relationship with Mr Taylor knowing the serious repercussions for him ‘better than anyone else’.

Former Surrey Police sergeant Matthew Taylor outside Maidstone Crown Court on March 8

He was arrested at work and subsequently charged with the offence of controlling coercive behaviour, and also later remanded in jail for two months and eventually lost his job with Surrey Police.

It was only ‘diligent’ detective work by his mother Elizabeth Bond trawling thousands of messages between them that led to his release from Winchester Prison, where he had spent 23 hours a day locked in a cell, and the Crown Prosecution Service immediately dropping the case against him.

The trial also heard that her false allegations of his ‘control, abuse, harassment, stalking, intimidation, degradation and gaslighting’ ran to a lengthy 57-page witness statement and took her three weeks to write.

The divorcee also gave a video recorded interview as part of the six-month police investigation into Mr Taylor and completed a Domestic Abuse Stalking and Harassment questionnaire assessing what risk she was in.

She claimed the sergeant, also based at the time in Guildford, put her in fear of both physical and sexual violence.

Aston lied that he would grab her around the throat during sex, and had left her ‘tortured and traumatised’.

Amanda Aston, pictured in January 2022, said she stopped eating and cried herself to sleep

She also accused martial arts fighter Mr Taylor of ‘relentless bullying’ and describing his behaviour as ‘scary’.

She said she stopped eating, began losing hair and frequently cried herself to sleep as he made her feel ‘a lesser person’.

Giving evidence at her trial, Aston denied a suggestion she was ‘a conniving puppet-master who liked being the centre of attention’.

But Mr Taylor he had been ‘the victim of a monumental miscarriage of justice’.

During the investigation it was also established that Aston had made a false application for a £5,000 grant from the Police Welfare Fund in June 2018.

She had claimed she had suffered financial hardship as a result of having to move home several times due to the other officer’s alleged behaviour.

After the hearing, Mr De Meyer said: ‘For a police officer to make false allegations, which led to another officer being incarcerated, and to make false representations to benefit from an official fund reserved for hardship, is so serious that it leaves me with no option but to dismiss her without notice.

‘Her conduct obviously undermines public confidence in the police service and her actions clearly caused distress, inconvenience, and public expense.’

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