Experienced PC who served in three forces and had ‘impeccable record’ feared jail after punching new girlfriend.
A police firearms officer who had an impeccable record shot himself dead outside his loverâ€™s home amid fears that he would be sent to jail for assaulting her.
PC Nick Corless (36), a Greater Manchester Police officer, punched girlfriend and police colleague Anne-Marie Greenall in the face after she refused to have sex with him in February 2011.
Two days later PC Corless, who had also served in the Met and Merseyside Police, shot himself with a Beretta shotgun while sitting in his car outside Ms Greenallâ€™s house.
â€œAt worst he could face criminal charges and possible imprisonment.â€
His inquest heard that he believed he could have faced charges and possible imprisonment following the assault in Ms Greenallâ€™s home.
But the incident was actually never reported to police – a fact that that PC Corless appeared to be unaware of, a coronerâ€™s officer said.
PC Corless, who transferred to GMP from the Met in 2001, lived in St Helens and had just left his wife and son for Ms Greenall before he died.
Recording a verdict of suicide, Coroner Christopher Sumner said: â€œIn his mind he thought that at best he would be reported to GMPâ€™s professional standards department for an internal review, but at worst he could face criminal charges and possible imprisonment.â€
The inquest heard that PC Corless held two firearm certificates for Manchester and Merseyside at the time of his death on February 28 2011.
He had later become embroiled in a fight with Ms Greenallâ€™s father outside her home, once he had found out what had happened to his daughter. However, PC Corless left the scene before police arrived.
A coronerâ€™s officer said he had assaulted Ms Greenall after she refused to have sex with him on February 26, saying she was hung over and had a headache. The assault lasted â€œjust a couple of secondsâ€ before she managed to throw him off but she had suffered bruising to her face.
PC Corless later apologised to her, saying he could not remember what had happened and was asked to leave the house.
The inquest heard that the officer had joined Merseyside Police as a special constable in 1998 before becoming an officer in the Met and eventually transferring to GMP. He was based at Manchester International Airport carrying out anti-terrorism duties.
Firearms Officer ‘Shot Himself After Assaulting Lover’