Of­fi­cer de­nies beat­ing teen

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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.

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