Officer denies beating teen
A HATE crime officer accused of punching a 14-year-old three times has said the boy “faceplanted” the floor after struggling out of his grip, a court heard.
A HATE crime officer accused of punching a 14-year-old three times has said the boy “face-planted” the floor after struggling out of his grip.
PC Paul Evans, 50, denies beating the teenager after being called to the boy’s family home in January this year.
The boy, who cannot be named, was left with a chipped tooth, bruised face and bloody nose after the incident.
On October 17, Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard the boy’s mother had called for police to talk to her son after she reported him “smashing up” the house.
But after arriving at the property, officers were told the boy had also threatened to harm himself and others after his mother refused to give him money for drugs.
Giving evidence, Evans, of Coity Road, Bridgend, said: [The boy’s mother] had said her son had got mad and was smashing things up, even that he had threatened her partner with a knife and threatened to harm himself.
“She basically said he had woken up in a bad mood and that she refused to give him money or a lift down to get some drugs.
“She wanted me to go talk to him.”
Evans said he was forced to unlock the upstairs bathroom, where the boy was shouting abuse.
He said: “I could see he had something in his hand. At that stage I didn’t know what it was. I wanted to make sure there was nothing in there to hurt himself or myself or my colleague. I reached down and grabbed his arm.
“At the point when I looked down I could see it was a phone.”
The court heard the police officer had the boy in an “escort position” when the teenager began to struggle.
Evans said: “His right arm came up as he was resisting. He told me to f*** off, leave me alone or something to that effect.
“I’m not sure whether it was an attempt to hit me... or if he was struggling and his arm came up.
“All of a sudden [the boy] fell. I would describe it as a face-plant.”
Evans said that the boy shouted the words “stop hitting me” at the policeman as he fell to the floor, before running down the stairs. He said: “All this took me again by surprise: one, that he has fallen over and, two, him saying I was hitting him.
“I heard him saying, ‘he’s hitting me’, as he was going down the stairs.”
In a statement read at the hearing, Evans said the boy had “fabricated” allegations that the officer punched him three times and forced his forearm against the teenager’s throat.
The boy was arrested for affray but was later released without charge.
Giving evidence, PC Lauren Evans, who attended the property with the defendant, said: “We were told that the son was going crazy. He had a knife and was wielding it at his [family].”
During the trial the court heard Evans served eight years in the armed forces before being discharged with honourable good conduct. He joined South Wales Police in 1998.
Also giving evidence, Bridgend Police Sergeant Jason Davies said: “I could always rely he would take the right decision in any incident.”
The trial continues.
PC Paul Evans