October 18th, 2007

Hurrah for the CPS

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

The CPS, gotta love ’em; they do make some wonderful decisions.

Like the one to prosecute PC Lee Armstrong of West Yorkshire Police for allegedly assaulting a prisoner.

In December 2005 the officer was sent to an incident in a shop in Keighley, West Yorkshire, where a man with a knife was threatening a female.

The officer arrested the male while onlookers shouted abuse at the policeman.

All was well & good, or so the officer thought, until 4 months later when he was contacted out of the blue & interviewed under caution. He was charged with assaulting the knifeman during the arrest & subsequently elected trial by jury where he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The judge, Jonathan Durham Hall, told the prosecutor that "there was never any prospect at all of this gallant young officer being convicted," He added, "the prosecution of yet another man doing his duty, for reasons that are best described as politically correct, is a disgrace." He awarded costs against the prosecution meaning they will fork out around 16 grand to the defence.

The judge also praised the officer for his bravery in arresting the knifeman. He said, "I cannot imagine what you have felt being pursued & harassed in this prosecution over the last few months & I am very sorry."

So that’s another £16,000 of tax payers’ money for the officer’s defence fees plus all the thousands and thousands it took to investigate the matter and bring it to crown court. Will anyone from the CPS or West Yorkshire’s Professional Standards department carry the can? Of course not, they never do. 

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