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The Independent

Police officer denies assaulting handcuffed man after visitors cease

A police officer delivered an “elbow strike to the pinnacle space” of a person sitting on the bottom together with his fingers cuffed behind his again following a visitors cease, a court docket has been informed.

Laptop Charlie Thompson, of Essex Police, went to assist his colleagues after they stopped a Volkswagen Golf driver on suspicion of utilizing a cell phone behind the wheel on January 19.

There was a scuffle earlier than the motorist, Zeki Badruddin, was handcuffed on the verge beside the A127 in Basildon and arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency employee, Colchester Magistrates’ Courtroom was informed, with police utilizing Pava spray.

Mr Badruddin was not prosecuted.

I used to be sitting down. I couldn’t transfer. I wasn’t being aggressive to anybody

Zeki Badruddin

When Thompson, 25, arrived on the scene at 11.41am, Mr Badruddin was already in cuffs and seated, prosecutor Micaila Williams mentioned.

She mentioned: “Quite a few officers had been deployed to the scene.

“By the point the defendant arrived, the incident appeared to have de-escalated.”

She mentioned Thompson started “by saying, ‘All proper, mate?’ and asking his (Mr Badruddin’s) identify”.

Miss Williams mentioned the officer unnecessarily put “his hand firmly on the right-hand shoulder” of Mr Badruddin.

When Mr Badruddin “turns and asks him what he’s doing”, the officer “takes him to the bottom”, Miss Williams mentioned.

She mentioned the defendant informed Mr Badruddin to “get on the bottom”, including: “You’ve simply assaulted an officer – we’re not having any of this.”

Miss Williams mentioned Thompson delivered an “elbow strike to the pinnacle space” of Mr Badruddin.

There was no cause for anybody to be coming close to me

Zeki Badruddin

She mentioned the officer later pushed Mr Badruddin to the bottom for a second time.

Mr Badruddin informed the court docket he chipped a tooth through the alleged assault.

He mentioned: “There was no cause for anybody to be coming close to me.

“I used to be sitting down. I couldn’t transfer. I wasn’t being aggressive to anybody.

“I used to be having a dialog with a few officers in entrance of me.”

Mr Badruddin mentioned he “nonetheless feels very anxious now seeing the police”.

Andrew McGee, defending, advised Mr Badruddin’s legs weren’t restrained on the time.

Mr Badruddin mentioned: “They had been – I had knee straps on and ankle straps.”

Mr McGee mentioned the “truth Mr Badruddin wasn’t prosecuted is neither right here nor there – it’s irrelevant”.

After the incident was flagged, Thompson was placed on restricted duties and a compulsory referral was made to the Unbiased Workplace for Police Conduct, Essex Police mentioned.

Thompson, of Dedham Street, Boxted, denies one rely of assault by beating.

The trial continues.

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