Po­lice of­fi­cer de­nies as­sault

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

A Can­ter­bury po­lice of­fi­cer has de­nied as­sault­ing a sus­pect in a cell at the city’s sta­tion.

Cus­tody sergeant Paul Cough­lan is ac­cused of punch­ing the man sev­eral times on the arm after lean­ing through a hatch on March 29.

On his re­lease, the al­leged vic­tim made an of­fi­cial com­plaint about Cough­lan’s ac­tions, which was re­ferred to the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion (IPCC).

The com­mis­sion com­pleted its in­ves­ti­ga­tion in July and handed its find­ings to the Crown Pros- ecu­tion Ser­vice, which laid the charge.

Cough­lan, from West­gate-onSea, ap­peared be­fore Maid­stone mag­is­trates on Wed­nes­day and de­nied as­sault.

The case was ad­journed un­til April 10, when the of­fi­cer is due back be­fore the same court for trial.

Pa­trick Hill, de­fend­ing, sug­gested the case would take about two hours, with just one wit­ness to call and nine min­utes of CCTV ev­i­dence to re­view.

Cough­lan was re­leased on un­con­di­tional bail.

Sgt Paul Cough­lan leaves court after the hear­ing

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