PC sacked for punching urinating French student

14:09 11 February 2013

A police constable has been sacked for using excessive force after he chased and punched a French student who had been urinating in bushes.

Pc John Caulfield, 33, has been dismissed for gross misconduct over the arrest in Bowling Green Walk, Hoxton, in August 2009.

He chased Charles Quichaud, then 19, and hit him in the face.

The officer said he feared for his safety and this was a legitimate technique to restrain him.

Mr Caulfield faced trial twice for assault occasioning actual bodily harm - the first jury failed to reach a verdict and the second cleared him in November 2011.

Today Mike Franklin, from police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), said: “A disciplinary panel has concluded on the balance of probabilities that Pc Caulfield breached police professional standards in that his use of force was unnecessary, disproportionate and unreasonable and he has rightfully been dismissed.

“The panel also found that his written account of the incident was false, misleading and inaccurate and was, in all likelihood, written to justify his excessive use of force.

“This was a unique case in that the young man who was arrested, who suffered serious facial injury, did not lodge a complaint but Pc Caulfield’s actions were witnessed by a local resident who was so disturbed by what he saw he contacted the IPCC to complain.

“I would like to thank that resident, the victim in this case and the other witnesses from Hoxton Square that evening who willingly gave their time to give evidence in two criminal trials and this misconduct hearing. Without them, this officer would still be serving.”

A second officer, a female constable, who failed to write up what had happened quickly enough, was given a written warning.

Commander Allan Gibson, Directorate of Professional Standards at Scotland Yard, said: “There is no doubt that the actions of Pc Caulfield brought discredit on the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and, although acquitted at court, reflect badly on the thousands of officers who are honest and work tirelessly for the people of London.

“The panel found his use of force was unnecessary, disproportionate and unreasonable and was additionally found to have produced a misleading written account of the incident.

“Given the finding, there was only one appropriate outcome in this case and Pc Caulfield was dismissed from the MPS without notice.”

Latest Stories

20 minutes ago
Fusilier Lee Rigbywas killed whilst off duty near Woolwich Barracks by Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo in May 2013  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The father of Drummer Lee Rigby, the soldier who was brutally murdered in Woolwich last year, has said it is ‘disgusting’ that his son’s killers recived £200,000 from the state to pay for their legal costs.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:25
Moorgate station was evacuated this evening after a 'security alert' causing delays on the Tube network (Photo by Sion Touhig/Getty Images)

There are severe delays on the Tube in central London tonight after a ‘security alert’ shut Moorgate Underground station with passengers evacuated and trains stopped in tunnels.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:39
Ruislip was hit with torrential rain overnight leaving the town centre badly flooded this morning (Picture: Twitter/@souvikdash)

The Monday morning commute is not exactly most people’s idea of a good time but it was made a lot worse for those in west London this morning after flash flooding.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

Test your London musical knowledge with our album quiz (Images via Getty)

Does your music knowledge stretch from The Rolling Stones to Rudimental, Spandau Ballet to Siouxsie and the Banshees? If so then test it out with our London bands quiz:

Read more
How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
Quiz-1

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more