Anorak | PC Rohan Scarlett guilty of punching a man who had spat at him

PC Rohan Scarlett guilty of punching a man who had spat at him

by | 28th, August 2013

PC Scarlett TIME for a heated debate: Metropolitan Police officer PC Rohan Scarlett, 47, has been found guilty of assaulting Andrew Uba as he put him in a police van in February 2013.

Mr Uba was being transferred from Islington police station to custody in Lewisham, east London.

Before the assault, PC Scalett alleged Uba spat at his face from close distance.

“Without any warning, he just spits in my face. A big lump went in my mouth and left eye and spray went over my face and vest. Because I hadn’t heard him bringing it up I thought he was going to spit at me again so I struck him in the face area. It was a clenched fist but loosely clenched.”

PC Scarlett hit Uba to distract him” from spitting a second time.

Consider Mr Uba distracted.

Highbury Magistrates Court was told that PC Scarlett  “ launched himself at Uba, punching him twice. There was some blood spilled.

PC Scarlett says fellow officer PC David O’Hara then “grabbed my right wrist and put some cuffs on saying I am under arrest on suspicion of GBH – I was in shock.”

Chair of the bench Sue Rose ruled:

“We do not accept that the defendant honestly believed that he needed to use force to defend himself in these circumstances.”

Sentencing was adjourned until 20 September, PC Scarlett has been given continued unconditional bail.

Scarlett’s defence barrister,

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