A PSNI constable who worked as a security guard in Iraq while 'on the sick' had told his doctor that he was going to Ulster holiday favourite Tenerife. Charles Metcalfe, 40, was given time off in early 2004 after he claimed to be suffering from stress and depression. However, instead of flying to the sun-drenched Atlantic island for some rest and relaxation, he travelled to an altogether different hotspot - Iraq - where he worked as a Â£265-a-day close protection officer with security firm Control Risks Group. At Downpatrick Crown Court yesterday, the Newtownardsbased officer pleaded guilty to two counts of false accounting. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail suspended for two years. A Crown QC said: "He was given a certificate for four weeks . . . later that afternoon, he in fact went to London as the first part of his journey on his way to Iraq." The court heard that Metcalfe had previously told colleagues that he had been thinking about resigning from the PSNI and going to Iraq. The 40-year-old was paid a total of Â£5,285 for just five weeks' work during March and April 2004. A defence solicitor said Metcalfe was under considerable private and domestic pressure at the time and had gone to Iraq in a bid to ease financial pressures.