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Policeman to appear in court for assaulting 15-year-old

IN THE DOCK: A Met officer is set to go on trial for assault

POLICE CONSTABLE Joseph Harrington is due to appear this Monday (March 4) at Southwark Crown Court for assaulting a 15-year-old boy during the summer riots of 2011.

On August 11, 2011, Harrington, 29, is alleged to grabbed the boy by the neck and used his hands and knees to put pressure on the child’s back.

It is claimed that the boy handcuffed when the incident took place at Forest Gate police station, east London.

The officer, based in Newham, east London, entered a plea of not guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last year.

After being charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, Harrington was released on unconditional bail.

His trial comes of the Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation into the incident.

During an earlier hearing, prosecutor Duncan Hamilton said: “The victim suffers from asthma, and as a result of the pressure applied to his back, he had difficulty breathing and that remained the case for several days thereafter.

“When examined by a nurse, he was seen to have areas of redness to the back, and his left shoulder area was tender to touch.

“I accept the injury is to the lower end when considering actual bodily harm, but it is injury nonetheless and the circumstances of the case are this being assault by a police officer on a vulnerable person in custody.”

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