Guilty Police officers sacked left Man paralysed and brain-damaged

Guilty Police officers sacked left Man paralysed and brain-damagedJulian Cole was left brain-damaged and paralysed after a scuffle outside a nightclub in 2013(Image: BBC)

Three Cops involved in arresting a man left paralysed and brain-damaged have been sacked after being found guilty by a misconduct panel.

 

The officers Nicholas Oates, Sanjeev Kalyan and Hannah Ross, were found to have lied in statements about Mr Cole's condition during his arrest.

 

They had failed to ask "basic questions" to check his welfare during arrest, and he needed CPR at the police station, the hearing was told.

 

Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Sebire called the case a "tragedy" and apologised "that [the officers'] conduct following the incident fell well short of what we expect at Bedfordshire Police".

 

She added that the length of time the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) took with their investigations was "simply unacceptable".

 

Sports science student Mr Cole, then aged 19, had gone to the former Elements nightclub on 5 May 2013 for a night out with friends, but was ejected through a side door and ended in a scuffle with bouncers and police officers outside the former Elements nightclub .

 

The hearing was also told that PC Kalyan tried to "shift responsibility" over what happened to the student.

 

PC Oates had also said that Mr Cole had walked to the police van during his arrest, which the panel said was not true becuase CCTV showed the man dragged to the van.

 

PCs Ross, Kalyan and Oates "did not ask any basic questions concerning his welfare". However, the panel added this was "most unlikely to have changed the outcome for [Mr Cole]".

 

The panel also said that Sgt Andrew Withey failed to make "any enquiry" when PC Ross asked whether Mr Cole should go directly to hospital or custody, and failed to "react" to hearing Mr Cole say his neck hurt.

 

The PCs were found to have breached standards of honesty, while all four were found by the misconduct panel in Stevenage to have breached standards of duties and responsibilities.

 

None of the police officers were accused of causing Mr Cole's injuries and The Crown Prosecution Service decided there was no criminal conduct following lengthy investigations.

 

The IOPC referred its findings of an earlier investigation to the CPS, which decided that no criminal conduct had occurred. (which seems typical damage limitation to the force, but does not protect the public).

 

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