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Detective ‘punched colleague in pub loo over affair claims’

A ‘RAGING’ policeman repeatedly punched a colleague in a pub toilet because he believed the officer was sleeping with his estranged wife, a court heard yesterday.

Det Sgt Alistair Stilgoe grabbed Det Sgt Peter Blackburn by the neck and dragged him to the back of the gents at The Boot & Flogger before raining blows on his head, the jury was told.

The alleged attacker, who is married to Mr Blackburn’s supervisor Det Insp Amanda Mawhinney, later dismissed the incident as ‘handbags at dawn’.

But prosecutors said Mr Blackburn — who denies any affair — suffered injuries to his face and part of one of his wisdom teeth fell out.

Stilgoe, who was based at Acton police station in west London, spread rumours that Twickenham-based Mr Blackburn was sleeping with his wife, Southwark crown court heard.

He shared his suspicions with Mr Blackburn’s wife, Wimbledon-based Det Sgt Kate Blackburn, it was claimed. On the night of the alleged attack last June in Southwark, Stilgoe, 46, was drinking with his colleagues to celebrate an officer being given the all-clear from cancer.

When Mr Blackburn came in, one of the group is said to have warned him: ‘You should leave, he thinks you are f**king his wife.’ Stilgoe then came up yelling a ‘drunken tirade about his wife’, the court heard.

Stilgoe, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, says he acted in self-defence after Mr Blackburn attacked him. He denies assault causing actual bodily harm. The trial continues.