A police officer has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for the assault on a man in Croydon, over two years ago. Police Constable Edward Prince, 31, who was in plain clothes at the time, was found guilty of actual bodily harm by a jury at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, September 1.
The court heard how the victim, Nyron Games, 27, was pursued by police on November 6, 2009 for breaching his deportation bail orders. It was while Games was being handcuffed on Brighton Road, that Prince kicked his head “like a football”, causing injuries which required him to be taken by ambulance to hospital. The court further heard that Prince told Games: “If this was not on CCTV you would have got worse. You deserved what you got.”
In response to the sentencing handed down to Prince, the Metropolitan Police director of professional standards, Commander Peter Spindler said: “All Met employees are expected to behave professionally, ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times. Any instance where the conduct of our staff is alleged to have fallen below the standards of behaviour expected is treated extremely seriously by the MPS and will be robustly investigated.”
He added the sentence “sends a clear message that this kind of behaviour by a public servant is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in British society.”
Games was deported to Trinidad after medical treatment.