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Victim of jailed police officer Peter Bunyan fuming over early release

By West Briton  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

By Chris Matthews

Victim of jailed police officer Peter Bunyan fuming over early release
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A VICTIM of a PCSO jailed for misconduct has been "disgusted" to learn that he is set for release this summer.

Peter Mark Bunyan, at the time from Agar Road, Illogan Highway, was jailed for seven years in March of last year but had his sentence halved on appeal in August.

A court heard that between 2007 and 2011 the then-married "serial philanderer" was found to have had affairs with a series of vulnerable women during his shifts and also using the police database as a "dating agency".

Now the West Briton has learned that 41-year-old Bunyan, who served at Redruth and Camborne, could be released as early as September. It is understood this would equate to serving half his sentence in custody, as is common, starting from when he was detained on remand.

One of the women with whom he had an affair, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: "He's a very slimy and manipulative man and I think it's disgusting that he's going to be released so soon.

"I think that the public should be made aware of this."

He was found guilty of eight counts of misconduct – sleeping with four women while on duty, illegally accessing data relating to three lovers in the criminal information system and one count of accessing the system to look up details of a man without reason.

During his trial the jury at Taunton Crown Court heard that the now divorced father of two used the database to access the phone numbers of the women before he made contact with them and initiated a number of affairs.

He also regularly switched his police radio off when in the company of the women. He also conducted sexually charged text message chats while on duty.

His lawyer pointed out the affairs were consensual.

The woman said: "I fell for all his lies, hook, line and sinker.

"At the time I was having problems with an ex-partner and around the time had to bury my father.

"One day I had to call the police and he attended and he was originally quite chatty and from there it all happened so fast.

"I had no idea about the other women that he had on the go."

The Ministry of Justice said it was unable to comment on individual cases.

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  • Anyone  |  April 28 2014, 9:08PM

    Lets get it right West Briton this man was not a Police Officer he was a PCSO!!!!

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  • MasterEpic  |  April 28 2014, 5:28PM

    What a swine, using confidential information and police time and equipment for his own personal uses, I think a good 3 years is enough when compared to other crimes and sentences, justice is done.

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  • TWINSCREW  |  April 28 2014, 3:58PM

    "His lawyer pointed out the affairs were consensual" So that's ok then is it? A disgrace to the uniform and trust people put in it.

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