Jailed for death of Calderdale police officer

Matt Dunn
Matt Dunn

A driver who knocked down and killed DC Matt Dunn in Lanzarote has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Jonas Pastor Tunon, 39, was found guilty of the Spanish equivalent of causing death by dangerous driving.

DC Dunn, 31, was fatally injured while on holiday at Playa Blanca, around 1 am on Friday, May 28, 2010.

He was rushed to Arrecife Hospital but later died.

He was a popular member of Calderdale CID and played for the Great Britain Police Rugby League team.

Following the conclusion of the case his family and colleagues have paid him tributes.

His partner Katy Butler said: “Matt wasn’t only my partner but my best friend.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t miss him. Coming face to face with the man who took him from me is one of the most difficult things I’ve had to deal with. I don’t think I could have got through it without the support of DS Sharon Hewitt who was appointed Family Liaison officer and attended the trial to support all of Matt’s family and friends.”

DC Dunn’s mother Judith Dunn said it had been a long and stressful wait and praised the police for their continuing support.

Calderdale CID, Detective Inspector Chris Wood, added: “I worked with Matt in the CID at Calderdale. He was extremely highly regarded amongst his peers. I personally considered him to be a fantastic police officer and a great friend. Obviously, the end to any judicial proceedings will not bring Matt back. We can only hope that it assists in bringing some comfort to his family and friends who will be affected by his loss for a lot longer.”

DC Dunn, who was from Bradford, joined Calderdale Police in January 2004 and also was an acting sergeant in Halifax North and East Neighbouring Policing Team..

He also played for Siddal Rugby Club, Calderdale Police rugby team and Ripponden Stones Cricket Club.

His teammates on the Brighouse and West Yorkshire Police Rugby League squads commissioned artwork in his memory which was presented to his mum and partner.