Police pay £30,000 for poll tax riot `assault'
Photographer was in `excruciating pain' when held in an arm lock
Friday 13 January 1995
Police Commissioner Sir Paul Condon, who was not represented in court, denied liability, but had agreed to pay the damages, plus legal costs.
Roy Hanney, 33, left with an injury to his arm, had sued Scotland Yard for false imprisonment, assault and battery, and malicious prosecution by two officers from one of its territorial support group.
The High Court was told yesterday that it was only thanks to a woman who witnessed events and made an independent complaint about police behaviour that he was able to prove his innocence of the charges allegedly concocted by the two officers involved, PCs Tony Egan and Richard Ramsay.
After hearing the evidence of Nicola Todd, who said she was so "horrified" by the police action that she felt compelled to become involved, that the jury at Mr Hanney's trial, in south London, took the extraordinary step of sending a note to the judge and halted the trial.
The jury said they were "unanimously convinced of the innocence of the defendant".
Yesterday Mr Hanney's solicitor, Raju Bhatt, told Mr Justice Mitchell his client was one of many people helplessly caught in the midst of "violent and arbitrary charges by police officers with shields and batons drawn" during the anti-poll tax demonstration in March 1990.
The court was told Mr Hanney had endured "the humiliation and degradation of a violent assault and an arrest without good reason in full public view".
Mr Bhatt said PC Egan tackled Mr Hanney to the ground from behind, and then led him with an arm lock around the neck to a police van in which he was punched near the mouth, temple and eye.
Mr Hanney was in "excruciating pain", the court was told, while PC Egan held him in an arm lock at Rochester Row police station.
Mr Bhatt said after yesterday's hearing that, despite all the available evidence, the independent Police Complaints Authority had concluded that the "appropriate course of action" was for PC Egan to be "strictly admonished" for applying a wrist lock on Mr Hanney.
Mr Hanney, of Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, south London, said he was happy with the settlement, "but not terribly happy that I had to instigate these proceedings".
Latest figures show that for the year ending March 1994, the total amount of damages paid by the Metropolitan Police am-ounted to £1,761,000.
During that period, and not necessarily related to the claims against the police, 18 officers were dismissed and 16 required to resign.
Yesterday the PCA defended its action, saying that its task was to look at the allegations and decide using criminal standards of proof whether or not they were proved "beyond reasonable doubt".
The PCA has long argued that it should not have to consider cases using such a high standard of proof but should instead be allowed to consider cases of a scale of probability - as in civil cases.
"As a result of our finding, Mr Hanney was able to pursue a civil action against the police," said a spokesman.
The Microsoft mogul told fans a few home truths during his Reddit AMA
First full-length look is finally here
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Teenager brandishing fake gun taken down by police after demanding airtime on Netherlands' NOS TV station
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£29000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: PSV/PCV Mechanics & HGV mechani...
£12500 - £13000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The largest independent Reprogr...
£6240 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is a well established websit...
£120 - £145 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: French & German Teacher X2 Materni...