Saturday, July 18, 2015

UK: Brothers-in-law Tasered and pepper-sprayed by cops during a stag do win a payout from police

CCTV catches lying thug cops

Two men who were Tasered by police during a bizarre incident on a stag do have won a five-figure payout in compensation. Darren Corbridge and John Naylor, who are brothers-in-law, secured the payment after being wrongly arrested and convicted of assaulting an officer.

The pair were pepper sprayed and Tasered by police in Weymouth, Dorset in August 2010 while on a stag do for Stewart Roberts, who was marrying Mr Corbridge's sister Ellie.

At the time they were trying to help Mr Roberts get home in the early hours of the morning while he was dressed in a 6ft penis costume.

But after a taxi driver refused to take the groom as a passenger, police accused the two men of becoming aggressive and arrested them.

Mr Corbridge, a company director, and car mechanic Mr Naylor were subsequently convicted of assaulting a police officer, while Mr Naylor was also convicted of resisting arrest.

The men were each sentenced to wear an electronic tag, but they appealed against the convictions at Bournemouth Crown Court and were cleared in 2012 after a judge saw CCTV footage of the incident.

Now Dorset Police has agreed to pay an undisclosed five-figure sum of compensation, as well as £90,000 worth of legal costs.

Lawyer Sophie Khan of Sophie Khan & Co, who represented the two men, said: 'The claim by Mr Corbridge and Mr Naylor followed a serious incident in Weymouth town centre where the use of force on them was so excessive it had to be challenged.

'Dorset police have accepted their officers were wrong as they have settled the claims. I hope Dorset Police can learn from this and that it doesn't happen to anyone else.'

A spokesman for the police force said: 'We can confirm an out-of-court settlement has been reached with no admittance of liability. 'It is not our practice to comment on the settlement amount.'

At the time his conviction was overturned, Mr Corbridge said: 'I felt disgusted at how we were treated, it was like we were animals and I couldn't believe it had happened after asking for help.

'Whilst I was being Tasered I thought I was going to die, it was the most frightening experience I have had in my life and I will never trust the police again.'

Original report here

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