Ex-Scotland Yard officer fined after attack on cancer-stricken wife

‘Controlling’ retired Scotland Yard policeman, 59, is fined after attacking his cancer-stricken wife, 69, in a drunken rage

  • Gary Roy, 69, grabbed his wife after he ‘became angry’ at her while he was drunk
  • Attack was on April 21 at their flat in Surbiton, Surrey, after medical appointment
  • He had worked for Metropolitan Police for 22 years and retired four years ago
  • In court, Roy, of Lovelace Road, Surbiton, pleaded guilty to one count of assault 

A retired Scotland Yard officer attacked his cancer-stricken wife in a drunken rage after she tried to speak to him about the outcome of a medical appointment. 

‘Controlling’ Gary Roy, 59, who worked for the Metropolitan Police for 22 years, assaulted wife Hilary by grabbing her arm after he ‘became angry’ at her while drunk.

The attack happened after Mrs Roy, 69, a former Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) worker who had been diagnosed with cancer, attended an appointment at Kingston Hospital on April 21.

When she returned to their flat in Surbiton, Surrey, she tried to talk to her husband about the outcome.

But he ‘refused to engage and became angry’ and grabbed her arms as she tried to leave.

‘Controlling’ Gary Roy (pictured), 59, who worked for the Metropolitan Police for 22 years, assaulted wife Hilary by grabbing her arm after he ‘became angry’ at her

Mrs Roy told Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court her husband often swears at her and tries to control her behaviour.

She confided in her first husband after the attack and he phoned the police.

Appearing at court, Roy, who retired from the Metropolitan Police four years ago, admitted assault.

His lawyer told District Judge Timothy Godfrey that Roy was ‘very ashamed to be with his former colleagues during his arrest’.

He also told the judge Roy was working on his alcohol problems and had not drunk a drop since his last hearing.

Judge Godfrey replied that his last hearing was the previous day, in front of him, where Roy had admitted to drinking three-quarters of a bottle of wine the night before.

The judge noted that ‘a conviction is more of a punishment to you than it might be to others’ as he ordered Roy to pay a fine. 

Peter Hamill, defending, said: ‘He held her by both arms.

‘He was in the Met police for 22 years. He met his wife, who works for the CPS, during that time.

‘He was very ashamed to be with his former colleagues during his arrest.

‘He hasn’t drunk since his last hearing.’

Judge Godfrey replied: ‘His last hearing was yesterday in front of me. He told me then he had three-quarters of a bottle of wine.

Appearing at Wimbledon Magistrates Court (pictured), Roy, who retired from the Metropolitan Police four years ago, admitted assault

Turning to Roy he said: ‘Domestic abuse is serious because you’re violating the trust between you and your partner.

‘Mr Roy, you pleaded guilty to an assault on your wife when you were drunk. You became angry and grabbed her arm.

‘You grabbed it firmly to drag her away from the kitchen. Although there are no visible marks you caused pain in the arm and she was scared because you were drunk and unpredictable.

‘I bear in mind her age, 69, and her poor health.

‘I also bear in mind your service to the public over many years. A conviction is more of a punishment to you than it might be to others.

‘It’s encouraging to hear you’re taking steps to address your alcohol problem.’

Roy, of Lovelace Road, Surbiton, was ordered to pay a £319 fine for one count of assault.

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