Amanda Aston, 43, Surrey police officer, found guilty of perverting the course of justice and fraud by false representation

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A Surrey police officer who lied about being a victim of domestic abuse which led to the imprisonment of another officer has today (23 March), been found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Police Constable Amanda Aston, 43, was found guilty of two counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud by false representation following a three-week trial at Maidstone Crown Court. Amanda Aston, is said to have ‘distorted’ difficulties in her relationship with Matthew Taylor knowing he would likely face repercussions.

During the trial, the court heard how Aston, who was based at Guildford police station, had embarked on a relationship with another officer in February 2017.

During their relationship, she reported to colleagues that she had been the victim of domestic abuse, making false allegations of control and abuse about him.

The 43-year-old, who was a trained domestic abuse mentor, made false allegations of ‘control, abuse, harassment, stalking, intimidation and gaslighting’ about Mr Taylor during a 57-page witness statement and a video recorded interview, the court heard.

He was charged with engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour. He was further arrested after breaching his bail conditions not to contact her and served two months in prison as a result.

Mr Taylor was subsequently charged with an offence of engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour and appeared in court, where he was remanded in custody, before eventually losing his job with Surrey Police, jurors were told.

He was eventually released from HMP Winchester, where he spent 23 hours of the day locked in a cell while on remand, when detective work by his mother led to the case against him being dropped. Mr Taylor then reported her to police himself.

Evidence later emerged which indicated that Aston had withheld key information and misled the original investigation team by providing false statements which led to him being arrested and charged.

Chief Superintendent Tom Budd said: “Criminal offences committed by our officers and staff simply cannot be condoned. Allegations against any of our officers or staff are always subject to a thorough investigation to ensure that those who do not meet the high standards expected of them to in order to maintain public trust and confidence are dealt with swiftly and robustly.”

Aston will be sentenced on 22 May at Maidstone Crown Court.

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4 thoughts on “Amanda Aston, 43, Surrey police officer, found guilty of perverting the course of justice and fraud by false representation

  1. J4MB or another party may want to take action by issuing a letter to the Guildford Police demanding the investigation of all domestic abuse cases involving PC Amanda Aston. She is a convicted liar and all cases she was involved in should be reviewed and any DASH (Domestic Abuse Stalking and Harassment) forms and witness statements considered not credible.

  2. The frightening thought is just how often PC Samantha Aston had helped other women to similarly stitch up their husband, partner boyfriend. The lies and tricks she used have no doubt been employed by her “clients” as a specialist officer. After all what she actually did was make a well crafted “statement”, sufficient to get an investigation. Then encourage her victim to break the terms of his exclusion order so that he was imprisoned not for the offense but for getting in touch with her! A neat and comparatively easy trick. This is the danger of a variety of “go” or other orders. Issued on little evidence and no test of proof they are a back door way to get the partner you want rid of put away for a while, without having to prove anything substantive at all.

  3. PC Amanda Aston and the Guildford Police Domestic Abuse team almost got away with murder – almost taking away the life of an entirely innocent man – his home, children and livelihood.
    How many other innocent male lives has Police Constable Amanda Aston taken without firing a single shot? As a leading member (mentor) of the Domestic Abuse team at Guildford Police station, she would have guided and probably written many statements from women separating from their husbands/ boyfriends and seeking to gain full posession of the house and children. She would have in all likelihood encouraged these accusers to exaggerate, embellish and lie about their accusations of abuse from men. These exaggerations and lies would have resulted in the immediate homelessness for the innocent father, immediate abduction of the children from the father, and possibly a criminal record resulting in lifelong unemployment/ underemployment.

  4. It will be interesting to see what sentence she receives. As for her victim. Stress, imprisonment and losing his job. And justice reliant on “detective work by his mother!”. It is a perfect example of the way the Coercive Control offense can “distort difficulties” in a relationship into a crime. Without the good work of his mother this woman would have succeeded. A perfect example of what Bettina’s campaign warns against.

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