PC, 47, who “held scissors to a colleague’s face” and “told her to “shut her up” when summoned for suggesting violence should take on a “woman with huge tits” has been found guilty of misconduct
- PC Simon Hawxwell held a pair of scissors to a female colleague’s face
- He was called out because he said the police should hire ‘woman with huge tits’
- The disciplinary committee also heard that the former officer of the Hampshire Constabulary picked up the object with the knife and placed it a few centimeters from the woman’s cheek
A former police officer who held scissors to the face of a female colleague has been banned from serving as a police officer.
Simon Hawxwell was called out by the woman for saying the Corps should hire ‘a woman with huge tits’, and he responded by telling her ‘shut your dirty little wh**e mouth’ and calling her a ‘little sl** ‘, a misconduct hearing was told.
The disciplinary committee also heard that the former officer of the Hampshire Constabulary then picked up the knife and placed it inches from the woman’s cheek, in what he later claimed was a joke.
She said she was panicked and shocked by the incident at Portsmouth Central Police Station in June 2020.
The screening came the day after Mr Hawxwell was accused of putting his arm around the same woman’s throat and asking her if she liked being ‘choked’, the panel heard.
The disciplinary committee described his behavior as an attempt at “dark sexual humor” and said he became “more aggressive and menacing.”
Simon Hawxwell was called out by the woman for saying the Corps should hire ‘a woman with huge tits’, and he responded by telling her ‘shut your dirty little wh**e mouth’ and calling her a ‘little sl** ‘, a misconduct hearing was told (Photo: Portsmouth Police Station)
He was found guilty of gross negligence on Tuesday.
Mr Hawxwell, who declined to appear for the misconduct hearing, left Hampshire Constabulary after the incidents.
If he had still been a serving officer, he would have been fired from the police force, panel chair Alice Sims said Tuesday.
He will be placed on the police ban list, which lists officers, special agents and staff members who have been released from police work.
The former officer, who had 18 years of experience at the time of the incidents last year, had denied he was guilty of the two charges, saying everything that happened was meant as a joke.
The female staff member – referred to as Agent A – gave testimony on Monday, saying that Mr Hawxwell’s arm around her neck was “painful” and made it difficult to breathe.
She added: “It happened very quickly, but I felt it pushing on my windpipe.
“It was quite shocking when the words followed, because I didn’t expect to hear that.”
The next day, Mr Hawxwell spoke to another colleague at the police station about potential job openings for staff.
He is said to have commented, “It doesn’t matter if they’re right for the job, we want a woman with huge tits.”
When Officer A challenged him, he told her to “keep your dirty whore” and called her a “slut,” the jury was told.
During the hearing, she said, “I don’t think he liked that I called back.”
He then grabbed a pair of scissors with the blade open and held them about two inches from her face, fearing her being “cut.”
Mr Hawxwell claimed his actions were intended as a joke and denied placing the scissors close to her face or using the alleged language.
His police federation representative, Philip Callard, said, “There seems to be that culture in the office and he seems to have gone a step too far.”