A male off-duty police officer who drunkenly assaulted a woman late at night has resigned from the police.

Former West Midlands Police officer Oliver Banfield was spared jail for the assault on Emma Homer, which sparked criticism from MP Harriet Harman, who said the “system fails women and protects men”.

Banfield, who had been suspended by the force, will still face a misconduct hearing in due course, police said.

The 37-year-old victim hit out at Warwickshire Police’s initial handling of her complaint after she was attacked by a “drunk” Banfield while walking home in Warwickshire at about 1am on July 26, 2020.

She was put in a headlock by Banfield as he walked home from a night out.

Emma Homer was assaulted by the PC as she walked home
(Image: Jon Rowley)

The former officer admitted the offence at an earlier hearing in January, and on Friday he was handed a curfew and ordered to pay compensation and costs at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

Deputy Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine, of West Midlands Police, said: “Today I have accepted the resignation of Pc Oliver Banfield.

“I want to stress that former Pc Banfield will still face an accelerated misconduct hearing, chaired by the Chief Constable, in the near future.

“The misconduct process had had to wait until after criminal and court processes concluded, because of police regulations.

Banfield was spared jail after the terrifying assault
(Image: Collect)

“I will make the outcome of that hearing public as soon as I can.

“I recognise the distress Emma Homer, who was assaulted and verbally abused by Banfield, has suffered during this time.

“We have spoken to her today to update her on the resignation of former Pc Banfield and will continue to keep her updated.”

Magistrates heard Banfield called mum-of-two Emma a “f***ing slag” in the attack near her home.

CCTV footage shows Banfield grab Ms Homer on a dark street last July
(Image: Channel 4 News)

He also shouted “on the floor now” and pretended to call for back-up.

Emma told the Mirror: “It was a violent assault, a man acting out a twisted fantasy, on a lone female.

“He was out of control.

“I believe it would have been far, far worse if my attacker’s girlfriend hadn’t hauled him off.”

Banfield was ordered to wear an electronic tag and pay £500 compensation by JPs.

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